11th February, 2020
The Sports Ministry is considering an investigation into the involvement of the Indian team in an 'unauthorized' World Cup in a circle-style Kabaddi World Cup in Pakistan.
According to the Sports Ministry, about 45 players and 12 officials have gone to the neighboring country without any official permission or approval. The Sports Ministry source said the minister (Kiren Rijiju) is about to start an investigation into the matter.
Another source said any disciplinary action will start only after the players return. Circle style kabaddi is played differently from the usual style. Both teams have seven players each weighing less than 80 kg in the normal style of Kabaddi, authorized in the Asian Games.
There is no weight scale in the circle style and both teams have eight players in this format played in a circular field. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) said on Monday that it has not approved any kabaddi team's tour of Pakistan for the world-class tournament.
The team from India reached Lahore on Saturday via Wagah border to participate in the championship, which is being organized in Pakistan for the first time. After the team reached there, their pictures went viral on social media which created a stir in the Indian sports world. International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) president Janardan Singh Gehlot said that the tournament has not been recognized by the apex body.
Gehlot said, this is a fake tournament, fake players are participating in it. He said countries like Australia and Canada participating in the Circle World Cup being played in Pakistan are not recognized by the International Federation. Circle kabaddi is not played in these countries, so these fake players are leading these countries.
The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) claimed that they have not approved any player to play in Pakistan. The role of Punjab Kabaddi Union is also being questioned in this case as almost all the players who have participated in the tournament are registered with the state association. The state association does not have the authority to send players to international tournaments. The Pakistan Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation (PACKF) claimed that many Indian players are representing Australia, England, and Canada.
Meanwhile, a letter from Gehlot has appeared in which he has approved Pakistan as IKF president to organize this tournament. The letter was sent to Mohammad Sarwar Rana, President of Pakistan Kabaddi Federation.
When Gehlot was asked about this, he said, the Pakistan Federation sent a letter seeking approval to host the tournament and the IKF approved it. I approved it as the chairman. There is nothing wrong in this. He said, if any of our members want to organize the tournament then we give approval. How do we know that such circumstances will come?
Category: Sports: Others