From Sorts Correspondent
LAHORE: Pakistan Green and White kabaddi teams demonstrated splendid performance, beating their strong respective Iranian and Indian rivals in thrilling encounters of International Kabaddi Taakra at Zafar Ali Stadium, Sahiwal yesterday.
Pakistan Green kabaddi team overpowered Iran by 38-35 while Pakistan White toppled India by 38-30 points. Pakistan White will face Iran while Pakistan Green will lock horns with India in two crucial matches scheduled to be played on January 13 at Punjab Stadium in Lahore.
Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Noman Langrial and Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar were the guests of honour on this occasion. They also distributed prizes among the prominent players at the end of matches.
Deputy Commissioner Sahiwal Mian Zaman Wattoo, Secretary, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation Rana Sarwar, Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti, Deputy Director Shahid Nizami, Assistant Director Raees ur Rehman and Director Tournament Shahid Faqeer Virk were also present at the venue.
While talking to media, Punjab Sports Minister said it’s big honour for Punjab to host International Kabaddi Taakra to contribute in restoring international sports activities with most popular traditional game of kabaddi in Pakistan.
“The International Kabaddi Taakra event is being participated by leading kabaddi teams of the world and it will help our players a lot for improving their game,” he added. Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar, on this occasion said Pakistan will get several talented kabaddi players after this exciting event. “Kabaddi is one of the oldest traditional game and most popular among the masses. It keeps young generation healthy and active,” he said.
He appreciated thrilling game of all the four participating teams. “International Kabaddi Taakra is a golden opportunity for Pakistan’s young players to polish their game,” he opined.
Punjab Agriculture Minister, Malik Noman Langrial, in his media talk thanked Sports Board Punjab for organising international kabaddi matches in Sahiwal. “Definitely, it is great distinction for our city to host world’s best kabaddi players. The top level kabaddi matches provided best entertainment to our citizens,” he added.