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Kabaddi World Cup ends with colourful closing ceremony
PTI
Ludhiana, November 20, 2011
First Published: 22:03 IST(20/11/2011)
Last Updated: 22:05 IST(20/11/2011)

The 2nd World Cup Kabaddi on Sunday came to a close with a scintillating ceremony after a 20-day long competition in which 14 countries for men section and four countries in women section had vied for Rs. 4.11 crore prize money.

Australia and USA were disqualified as most of their players were found dope positive by NADA.

The closing ceremony began with an impressive police and army band presentation in the fully floodlit newly upgraded Guru Nanak Stadium.

The whole of Punjab seemed to have descended at the stadium to witness the fierce encounter between India and Canada, besides a glimpse of Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Chitrangda Singh.

As light and sound show set the stage for the closing ceremony, the countdown video of the 20-day long event recalled the every moment of the tournament that has brought traditional game of Punjab Kabaddi on the world stage.

The video screen relived the excitement of wins and trauma of losses and showed the evolution of World Cup Kabaddi tournament to this exciting stage of finals.

The audio visual programme gave an overview of progress made by Punjab in various fields and initiatives of SAD-BJP government in strengthening the infrastructure besides initiatives in the fields of education, governance reforms and steps like Right to Service Act.

As the video recalled the history, the whole sky of Ludhiana was filled with fireworks.

As the evening warmed up, 'Jai Ho' -- the beautifully choreographed dance -- gave a new energy to the audience with 295 dancers making beautiful patterns, intermingling with each other and making a new figure every other second.


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