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Heavy rain washes four World Cup Kabaddi matches in Hoshiarpur

Four matches of the World Cup Kabaddi which were to be played in the outdoor stadium here on Sunday were abandoned due to persistent rain. The decision to call off the matches was taken early morning following a heavy downpour.

punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2014 00:21 IST
HT Correspondent

Four matches of the World Cup Kabaddi which were to be played in the outdoor stadium here on Sunday were abandoned due to persistent rain. The decision to call off the matches was taken early morning following a heavy downpour.

The weather forecast was not positive but the administration continued with the preparations. Water that accumulated on the ground on Saturday was removed but another heavy spell undid the efforts.

The playing field was covered with tarpaulins but it proved futile. The entire venue became slushy. After a marathon discussion with the higher officials and kabaddi association, the administration finally announced the cancellation of the event.

It was a cause for disappointment to all- the administration, the playing teams, the sponsors and the spectators.

Denmark was to play with Canada, England with Argentina and Pakistan with Sweden in pool B men’s matches. Women’s teams from England and Mexico were also to play a match. Union minister of state for social empowerment Vijay Sampla was to be the chief guest.

The rain not only washed away the matches but preparations also went down the drain. The administration had gone overboard with the arrangements. Orders had been placed with eating houses to provide refreshment to players and guests. The strong winds damaged the stage. The place where catering and langar arrangements were to be made was also waterlogged.