While the unofficial Indian kabaddi team has reached the semi-finals of the Kabaddi World Championship (Circle Style) in Lahore, controversy continues to arise with unanswered questions about the team participating in a tournament. in Pakistan against the Indian government.
The Indian government has refused to give ground clearance to 60 odd teams to play the tournament in Lahore. India’s Kabaddi Amateur Federation has also avoided the issue, saying it does not choose nor send the team to Pakistan.
The Indian Olympic Association has moved away from the whole thing. The Ministry of Youth and Sports has rejected the team saying that the players and coaching staff are in Pakistan without any official permission or clearance.
Although the team consisted mainly of players from Punjab, the Kabaddi State agency also declined any contact with the tournament or the players representing India.
As IKF chairman and a veteran kabaddi administrator, who was forced to leave office as president of AKFI’s life after a court intervention, learned about the Indian team involved championships in pakistan? Are you aware that the Indian Government is about to send a sports team to play with or in Pakistan? Has he informed the authorities about the possibility of an Indian kabaddi team playing in Pakistan?
Trying to find an answer, InsideSport called the IKF office in Ajmer at the phone number mentioned on the letterhead. No response. We also sent a message to the president of the Indian Olympic Association Narinder Dhruv Batra. He did not answer. IOA secretary Rajiv Mehta declined to comment, saying he spoke to the president, only he could answer these questions.
According to Quint, Gehlot has stated that the team’s unofficial tournament is not recognized by the top authority.
The chairman of IKF can answer if the tournament is not recognized by the agency he heads, what led him to contact the owner of Pakistan Kabaddi Federation and approve the terms and conditions of the tournament. The letter that owns insidesport.co is signed by none other than Gehlot himself.