By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistan became the Kabaddi’s World Champion after trouncing India in the finals , first time in the histiory at Lahore’s Punjab Stadium on Sunday.
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 end of the first half of the game.
The match between the South Asian neighbours remained neck-on-neck throughout the allotted time, two sessions of 20 minutes each with a break of five minutes.
Then Pakistan overtook India, the coach of the latter team rose to object a point scored by Malik Binyameen. Indian team’s coach Harpreet Singh intervened in the last moments of the match by raising objection to a point scored by Binyameen but the referee overruled the objection, according to English newspaper, Daily Dawn.
Binyameen who 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.
After the match, the winning side completed a lap of honour around the stadium. A huge number of spectators came to watch the final between the arch-rivals. After the match ended, spectators lifted Pakistan players on to their shoulders, dancing to the beat of drums.
The week long tournament was held in Lahore, Faisalabad, Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib.
Congratulations to Team Green for winning Kabaddi World Cup Final against India
— Government of Punjab (@GOPunjabPK) February 16, 2020
Other than India and the host Pakistan , teams from Iran, Canada, Australia, United States, Sierra Leone and Kenya also participated in the event.