Chennai, July 30 : Indian Men and Women teams emerged as World Champions by winning the World Cup Kabaddi 2019, which was held at Melaka in Malaysia from July 20 to 28.
The victorious team, which landed here, was felicitated at a function held last evening. In the finals, the Indian Men’s team won the World Cup by defeating Iraq 57-27 in the finals and the Women’s team beat Taiwan 47-29 to bring home the title. Both the teams received the Cup and gold medals from Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Iraq team came second and Taiwan finished third in the men’s, while Taiwan and Malaysia finished second and third in the Women’s section.The World Cup was organized under the auspices of the World Kabaddi and hosted by the Malaysia Kabaddi Federation (MKF). Players from 40 countries like Iraq, Taiwan, Canada, Mauritius, Egypt, Australia, Kenya participated in this championship.
A total of 32 mens’ and 18 womens’ team competed for the title.The Indian team was selected by the New Kabaddi Federation and 12 men and 12 women from all over the country were selected based on their performance in the recently concluded Indo International Premier Kabaddi League (IIPKL), held in May and June . The team was trained by Arjuna Awardees and Ex International players, Rajarathinam and Rakesh Kumar.
''We gave new opportunities to the players and they have completely dominated the tournament and reaffirmed our position as the top nation in the sport of Kabaddi. We are confident of making Kabaddi an Olympic sport by 2028,' MV Prasad Babu, General Secretary of New Kabaddi Federation, said. (UNI)