Pakistan won the Kabaddi World Cup 2020 beating arch rival India by 43 to 41 points in a sensational final match at Punjab Stadium in Lahore tonight.
Pakistan has won the Kabaddi World Cup for the first time. Players from both the sides exhibited top class kabaddi during the tough contest. Defending champions India maintained their supremacy against host Pakistan in the first half by 24-18.
A heated moment took place in the fifth minute of the second half after a point was awarded to the Pakistan.
However, Pakistan leveled the match at 32 points each and started to build a lead.
Pakistan was awarded a cash prize of ten million rupees along the trophy while Indian team was given seven point five million rupees cash prize.
Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, who was the chief guest of the final match, distributed prizes among the players.
President Arif Ali congratulated Pakistan Kabaddi team on winning World Cup and wrote, “We should dedicate this win to peace in the region and the world.”
Congratulations to the Pakistan Kabaddi team for winning the #KabaddiWorldCup2020. We should dedicate this win to ‘peace’ in the region and the world. You have made us proud.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) February 16, 2020
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took to twitter and hailed Pakistan’s victory. He wrote “Wonderful game of Kabaddi and well deserved victory by Team Pakistan Congratulations to every Pakistani celebrating this win today.”
Shabaash Shero 💪🏻 🇵🇰
Wonderful game of Kabaddi and well deserved victory by Team Pakistan Congratulations to every Pakistani celebrating this win today.#KabaddiWC2020 #ApniMattiApniKhel #KabaddiWorldCup2020 pic.twitter.com/anXhTtlhnJ
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) February 16, 2020
Cricketer Imad Wasim lauded team’s comeback and wrote “43-41 is the final score. And that’s after being down after the first half. Fantastic effort from the boys to crown Pakistan Kabaddi champions.”
43-41 is the final score. And that’s after being down after the first half. Fantastic effort from the boys to crown Pakistan Kabaddi champions. Thank you to all teams for coming to Pakistan! #KabaddiWC2020 #ibleedgreen 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/pkrpLf97rz
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) February 16, 2020
Singer Ali Zafar also congratulated Pakistan and wrote “Pakistan wins the Kabaddi World Cup They should be given heroes’ welcome!”
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) February 16, 2020
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also congratulated ‘team Green’.
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmad (@ShkhRasheed) February 16, 2020
Earlier, Iran bagged third position after beating Australia by 54-33 points.
In the first semi-final of Kabaddi World Cup 2020, strong Indian kabaddi team toppled Australia by 42-32. On the other hand, in second semi-final Pakistan defeated Iran by 52-30. It is for the fifth time that Pakistan has qualified for final of mega event.
It is pertinent mention here that Kabaddi World Cup was organized jointly by Punjab government, Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) at three cities of Punjab – Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujrat.