The ‘unofficial’ India team that went to Pakistan for the World Kabaddi Championship has entered the semi-finals of the tournament.
India beat Iran 50-38 in the quarter-finals. Apart from India, Pakistan, Iran and Australia have also booked a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
The 'World Kabaddi Championship’ itself is said to be ’unofficial’ as International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) president Janardhan Singh Gehlot in a statement said that the tournament is not recognised by the apex body.
A contingent from India reached Lahore on Saturday via the Attari-Wagah Border to take part in the championship. Confusion and controversy followed after pictures and footage of the Indians arriving in Lahore surfaced on social media platforms.
India sports ministry has already disowned the team saying that the players and the coaching staff are in the neighbouring country without any official permission or clearance.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also on 10 February said that it has not sanctioned any kabaddi team’s visit to Pakistan for a tournament.
Even the administrator of AKFI, Justice (Retd) S P Garg, has made it clear that the national body did not clear any such team to visit Pakistan.
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