Defending champions Chandigarh moved to the next round of the 46th Junior National Kabaddi Championships. They won both the group matches with victories over Goa and Jammu & Kashmir to top the group and secure a place in the pre-quarters. They are joined by Goa who won their only match against J & K.
In the boys' Zone B, Uttar Pradesh remained unbeaten to move to the pre-quarters. They defeated both Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh to move to the next round. Rajasthan registered a victory over Chhattisgarh to be the second team to move to the next round. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Haryana topped their respective groups with two wins from two matches to make a place in the next round. They each have a match to play in the league stages.
In what was an easy league stage for SAI, they defeated Delhi and West Bengal State Unit to have two wins and make a place for them in the next round. They have one match remaining against Odisha, who have lost both their matches earlier.
In the girls' group, Sports Authority of India and Haryana teams won both their league matches and made a place in the pre-quarterfinals. Zone A saw SAI defeating Delhi and Gujarat while Haryana went past Goa and Madhya Pradesh in group B.
The girls' teams from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu have topped Zones D, E, F, G, and H respectively and have comfortably moved to the next round of the tournament. The pre-quarters will see the top team from each group meeting the runner-up team from another group.
The pre-quarterfinals and then the quarterfinals will be played on Saturday itself, followed by semifinals being played on Sunday (16th February) morning. The finals of the tournament are scheduled to be played on Sunday evening, bringing the curtains down on the 46th edition of the prestigious tournament.
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