Indian men and women teams won the fifth Kabaddi World Cup 2014 at a grand finale held at the Guru Gobind Singh stadium here. This is the fifth consecutive win for the Indian men team and the fourth consecutive time for the women’s team.
The men team’s victory was however marred by allegation of favouritism leveled by the men’s team from Pakistan, whom India defeated for the fourth time today. The Indian women team defeated the New Zealand team for the second time in a row.
History repeated itself as teams of both men and women section had clashed during the finals of Fourth Kabaddi World Cup 2013 at Ludhiana. And in both the matches, India had emerged victorious.
During the finals of women section, India defeated the Kiwi team by 36-27. The Indian eves started the lead from the beginning and by half time, they were leading by 18-14. For India, raiders Priyanka Devi and Ram Bateri both scored 8 points each and Sukhwinder Kaur scored 7 points, while stoppers Anu Rani secured 4 while Ritu and Jasvir secured one point each. Similarly, for Kiwis, raiders Lani Perese scored 12, Motu Elizabeth scored 9 and Pomare scored 4 points, while stoppers Titu and Tekawa secured one point each points.
During the finals of men section, India defeated Pakistan team by 45-42. For India, raiders Sandeep Singh Surakhpur and Sandeep Luddar scored 16 and 10 points respectively, while stoppers Yadwinder Singh Yada "Surakhpur" secured 5, while Gopi secured 3 points respectively. Similarly, for the Pakistan team, raiders Shafiq Ahmad Chishti, Mohammad Irfan and Akmal Sajjad Dogar scored 15, 13 and 6 points respectively, while stoppers Musharaff Javed Janjua secured 4 points for his team. Pakistan had maintained the lead in the match till the last minute when the Indian team caught up with Pakistan and leveled the scrore 41-41. Then, the Indian team suddenly took the lead and won the match in last two minutes by 45-42.This led the Pakistani team to allege favouritism.
Terming Punjab and Haryana as elder and younger brother, Khattar said that the need of the hour was that both the state governments make concerted efforts to come with a ‘Joint Sports hub’ for promoting sport activity in both the states. He said that the Union government should also help this endeavor of both the states to promote sports in them.
Sukhbir Singh Badal urged the Union Government to enlist rural and traditional games like Kabaddi, Gatka, Desi Kushti etc. in National Sports list so that these games could be taken to new scales in coming years.