Pakistan became kabaddi title holders on Sunday after barely beating most despised adversaries India. Their rivals played the match despite the fact that they had allegedly cut sporting ties with the nation. A full investigation will now be launched to determine as of why the match still went forward.
During the competitive final, Pakistan retaliated in the second half against their opponents to verify a 43-41 win over the defending champions. The popular South Asian sport game took place before a sporting crowd of thousands.
“We are grateful to all the nations which made this event colourful,” Rana Muhammad Sarwar, the secretary general of the Pakistan kabaddi federation, told AFP.
“We should not let sports and cultures become a victim of politics.”
A week ago, Indian Sports minister Kiren Rijiju said no kabaddi player had been given approval to play in the match.
“Playing for the sake of the nation with India’s banner being utilized are matters to be explored,” Rijiju said.
Aside from the Indian team, Iran, England, Germany, Sierra Leone, Australia, Canada and Azerbaijan partook in the tournament.
India cut reciprocal cricket ties with Pakistan after a series of terrorism attacks in Mumbai during 2008, which regional councils blamed on Pakistani aggressors.
India has since requested a general stop on sporting contacts, and a year ago a Davis Cup tennis tie between the two countries was moved out of Pakistan to Kazakhstan.
Hardly any worldwide games are held in Pakistan because of safety concerns, however as of late cricket has made a rebound in the midst of improving security.
Kabaddi began in the sub-continent and later gained popularity to other Asian nations.
Each group begins with seven players. During the 40-minute game, solitary players will cross the inside line and endeavour to tag rivals before dashing back to their team’s boundary line. The guarding team will attempt to capture and stop the raider.
Whoever prevails in the wrestling match that follows scores.