The Kabbadi World Cup finals held in Lahore on Sunday, saw the Pakistan team lift its first win defeating an unauthorised Indian Kabaddi team. Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan took to Twitter to celebrate the win and congratulate the team on their 43-41 win, stating, “Congratulations to the Pakistan Kabbadi team for winning the Kabbadi World Cup after defeating India.”
However, the Indian counterpart has led themselves into a controversy with India claiming that they had not sent in any team representing the country for this particular match. The Indian Olympic Association stated that no teams have been given the sanction to participate or visit Pakistan for a world-level tournament. The team from India had reached Lahore a day prior to the tournament through the Wagah border to take part in the championship hosted in Pakistan. The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AFKI) had previously written a letter to its Pakistan counterpart to prevent the “unauthorised” team representing India, from playing.
The Indian team consisted of 45 players and a group of 12 officials along with coaches had decided to participate without any clearance or permission to use ‘India’ on the jerseys worn by the players. The letter said, “AKFI has requested Pakistan Kabaddi Federation not to permit any individual to play any ‘Kabaddi World Cup’ to represent ‘India’. The individual should not be allowed to wear jersey/tracksuits with the name ‘India’. They cannot use the India flag.”
The team in question is currently under investigation by the Sports Ministry of India for using the Indian national flag during the final circle style Kabaddi match.