Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday has said that India has not sent any Kabaddi player to Pakistan to participate in the World Kabaddi Championship after a squad was seen arriving in Lahore on Sunday.
He was responding to the news that a contingent from India reached Lahore on Saturday via the Wagah Border to take part in the World Kabaddi Championship, being hosted by Pakistan for the first time.
"No one has given permission to any Kabaddi player to go to Pakistan. Issuance of giving visa is the sovereign prerogative of a country, we have no role in granting visa. We'll talk to the Kabaddi federation on whether it was an informed visit or not," Kiren Rijiju said.
Earlier, the administrator of Amateur Kabbadi Federation of India (AKFI) Justice (Retd) S P Garg also said that the national body has not cleared any such team.
The officials of the Pakistan Kabaddi Federation welcomed and garlanded the Indian players when they crossed into Pakistan from Wagah border from where they were taken in a security convoy to their hotel in Lahore.
All the six previous editions of the World Kabbadi Championship took place in India between 2010 and 2019. India has won all six championships, defeating Pakistan in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions. The winner of the tournament will get 10 million rupees, while the runner ups will get 7.5 million rupees.