Lahore : The International Kabaddi Taakra will kick off on January 8 after the arrival of Indian and Iranian kabbadi teams.
Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar warmly welcomed the distinguished members of Indian kabaddi team at National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. Iranian kabaddi officials were also present on this occasion. Jhang to host opening clash between Pakistan Green and India while the grand final clash of the mega event will be staged at Lahore on January 13, 2019, this was disclosed by Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti at crowded media talk.
Earlier, Secretary General Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) Rana Sarwar, SBP Chief Consultant Shahid Faqir Virk, SBP PRO Abdul Rauf and a large number of sports lovers received the Indian kabaddi team at Wahga Border. The 14-member Indian kabaddi team is led by Partap Singh while Guldeep Singh and Baljit Singh are manager and coach of the visiting team respectively. The other members of the neighbouring kabaddi team are: Harjeet Singh, Deepak Sharma, Angrej Singh, Sandeep Singh, Balinder, Kuldeep Singh, Mikki, Mohit, Autar Singh, Sachin, Naresh, Kulveer, and Shera Singh.
Giving details of the event, Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said Punjab’s four major cities – Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal and Jhang will host exciting matches of International Kabaddi Taakra. “Pakistan is a peaceful country and we want convey the peace message through the traditional game of kabaddi,” he added.
Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti further said Punjab govt is also planning to host kabaddi league in various cities of the province in future. DG Sports Punjab NadeemSarwar said the International KabaddiTaakra is being organized after 11 years by Punjab govt with the collaboration of Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF). “Punjab govt, as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, is making serious efforts for the revival of traditional games especially kabaddi,” he said.
“Kabaddi is one of the oldest traditional games and most popular among the masses. Kabaddi is undoubtedly the identity of Subcontinent especially Punjab. The traditional games like Kabaddi keep young generation healthy and active.” Answering a question, DG Sports Punjab NadeemSarwar said the way three top kabaddi powers – Pakistan, India and Iran are making efforts and holding kabaddi events, it reflects the future of kabaddi is bright in the world.
Indian Manager Guldeep Singh and captain Partap Singh expressed their pleasure over reaching Lahore for International Kabaddi Taakra. “We have special attachment with the game of kabaddi and it can flourish further if Pakistan and India play regular kabaddi events”.
Secretary General Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) Rana Sarwar, on this occasion said Pakistan’s two kabaddi teams Green and White will be selected during the National Kabaddi Championship under way at Faisalabad.
He thanked Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti and DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar for extending best facilities for the promotion of kabaddi.