Pakistan win Kabaddi World Cup for the first time

LAHORE – Mudasser Chudhary: Pakistan emerged victorious from a close contest against India in the final of the Kabaddi World Cup on Sunday in Lahore’s Punjab Stadium.

The hosts won 43-41 to become Kabaddi world champions for the first time.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to raid first. In the beginning, India was leading and maintained the margin of a couple of points until the first session was over.

Binyameen, along with Irfan Mana and Shafiq Chishti, proved to be too heavy for their Indian counterparts as the three played a significant role in the win.

The tournament was eight-day long with matches in Lahore, Faisalabad, Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib. Other than India, teams from Iran, Canada, Australia, United States, Sierra Leone and Kenya also participated in the event.

After the match, the winning side completed a lap of honour around the stadium. After the match ended, spectators lifted Pakistan players on to their shoulders, dancing to the beat of drums.

This is the first time the Kabaddi World Cup was held in Pakistan. All of the previous six circle-style kabaddi world cups have been hosted by India with the most recent event taking place in 2016.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan, Cricketer Imad Wasim congratulated the team for winning the Kabbadi World Cup.