With a view to promote sports culture in the state, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal offered jobs to the players who excel in sports at the international level. Sukhbir was here on Friday as chief guest of the 5th World Kabaddi Cup.
Industries and commerce, technical education and industrial training and parliamentary affairs minister Madan Mohan Mittal presided over the function. Rural development minister Sikandar Singh Maluka was the guest of honour.
Sukhbir Singh also announced to set up a Rs 4-crore stadium here. Sukhbir assured to provide status of the affiliated sport to the traditional martial art Gatka in the ensuing cabinet meeting.
Sukhbir said efforts were on for inclusion of kabaddi in the Olympics games. Sukhbir claimed successful organisation of four editions of the World Kabbadi Cup had increased the level of kabaddi and following of kabaddi across the world.
He cited the example of Sweden and Azerbaijan teams, which participated in the Cup for the first time. Punjabi singer Pammi Bai enthralled the audience with folk songs.
Pakistan women and Iran men teams win
Pakistan women's team clinched the third place defeating the Denmark team by 38-28 and won a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh. The Pakistan raiders Sehrish and Madiha scored 13 and 12 points respectively for their team while stoppers Saria secured 8 and Sumaira secured 2 points for their team.
For the Denmark team, raiders Mille Peterson scored 15, Maja-Pia scored 5 and stopper Camilla secured 5 points for her team.
In the men's category, the Iranians defeated England by 48-31 and stood third. The Iran team won a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh. For the Iran team, raiders Ahmad and Atazadesh scored 11 and 8 points respectively for their team, while stoppers Hamid and Alizera secured 5 points each for their team.
For England team, raiders Avtar Singh and Gurdev scored 8 and 5 points respectively for their team while stoppers Amandeep Riar and Baljit Jeeti secured 6 and 2 points respectively for their team.