Pakistan women’s team to take part in Kabaddi World Cup

The fourth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup, which begins in Bathinda city of Punjab on November 30, will for the first time feature a women’s contingent from Pakistan.

The annual event, while popularising the rural sport at the international level, aims to promote people-to-people contact.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Tuesday that the Chief Minister of the Pakistani province of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, will be the chief guest at final match in Ludhiana on December 14.

Prize money doubled

Mr. Badal said the prize money for the women’s title, which eight teams will compete for, has been doubled to Rs. 1 crore. Mexico, U.S.A., England, Kenya, Denmark and New Zealand are among the countries which have agreed to send their women’s teams for the tournament.

The Deputy Chief Minister said 12 teams will battle for the men’s title, which carries a prize of Rs. 2 crore. The event is expected to cost organisers about Rs. 20 crore, of which Rs. 6 crore will be spent on the opening and closing ceremonies. Top Bollywood personalities, including Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh, are expected to perform at the ceremonies.

Drug tests

A committee headed by Justice (retd.) R.S. Mongia will supervise the tournament and National Anti-Doping Agency experts will carry out all necessary formalities and tests to ensure that the tournament is completely drug-free.

Mr. Badal said it was mandatory for players to be citizens of the countries they represent. He appealed to the Union Government to learn lessons from the success of this tournament to promote other sports in the country and channel the energy of the youth.

“The next target for the Punjab Government is to get Kabaddi included in the Asian Games, before seeking a place for it in the Olympics,” he said.





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