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Pakistan Int’l Kabaddi Taakra 2019: Pak Defeat India & Clinch Title

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Pakistan Int’l Kabaddi Taakra 2019: Group photographs of the Pakistan, India and Iran teams – Courtesy PKF

LAHORE: Pakistan Green Kabaddi team defeated India by 40-29 to clinch the title of International Kabaddi Taakra at Punjab Stadium. Lahore. 

The third place went to Pakistan White team which toppled Iran by a margin of 31-24.

Musharraf Janjua and Jaabar Kamboh were adjudged best stopper and raider of main final match respectively. 

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Pakistan Int’l Kabaddi Taakra 2019: Pakistan Green the winning team player having locked an Indian player during final match – Courtesy PKF
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Pakistan Int’l Kabaddi Taakra 2019: Pakistan Green the winning team receiving the Title Trophy and the cash reward – Courtesy PKF

Pakistan Green team showed great Kabaddi skills and dominated the proceedings right from the beginning. Pakistan Green players Musharraf JanjuaJaabar KambohShafiq ChishtiKhalid Bhatti demonstrated excellent performances in both raiding and stopping departments of game. At the half time, Pakistan Green were leading by 23-15 points.

Indian players also exhibited wonderful performance but they could not score enough points to win the game. Indian skipper Partap Singh and his players Harjeet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Naresh and Mikki showed good form for their team.

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Pakistan Int’l Kabaddi Taakra 2019: India the Runner Up team receiving the 2nd position Trophy and cash reward – Courtesy PKF
In the 3rd/4thplace clash, the honours of best stopper and raider were grabbed by Nafees Gujjar and Irfan Mana respectively. Rs 1.6 Million  cash prizes were given to participating teams. 

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The event was attended by thousands of Kabaddi fans. The atmosphere was absolutely absorbing with the traditional dances of all four provinces, the folk music with the famous folk singer Akram Rahi and other performing through their lively performances. Players of all the teams took round of stadium on ‘bhaggis’. National anthems of Pakistan, Iran and Indian teams were also presented at the stadium. 
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Pakistan Int’l Kabaddi Taakra 2019: A scene of the final Title match between Pakistan Green and Indian Team – Courtesy PKF

The event besides the fans was also attended by senior officials as guests of honour which included: Senior Punjab Minster Abdul Aleem Khan, Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, Minister of Punjab for Industries, Commerce and Investment Mian Aslam Iqbal, PKF President Shafay Hussain, Secretary Sports Punjab Nadeem Mehboob, Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar and DG Iran Consulate Ali Akbar Rezai were the on the final day.

Senior Punjab Minister Aleem Khan, on this occasion, said the participation of Indian and Iranian Kabaddi teams is good omen for the future of sports in Pakistan. He appreciated the performance of all participating teams. “The way Pakistan team displayed handsome performance in the event, it looks the future of kabaddi is bright in Pakistan”.

Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said Punjab government will do maximum efforts for the promotion of sports particularly Kabaddi. “We will hold more such international sports events in future”.

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