After an ”unofficial” Kabaddi team from India stirred controversy by participating in the circle style world cup in Pakistan, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday asked Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) to conduct an inquiry in the matter. Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju To Look After Ayush Ministry Till Shripad Naik Recovers
“Our official kabaddi team didn’t go to Pakistan. We don’t know who has gone there. It is not right for any unofficial team to go anywhere and play with India’s name. We didn’t send any official team,” Rijiju said. Also Read - Judo is a Priority Sport For India: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju
“We will ask the kabaddi federation to conduct an inquiry and identify those people who went there and used India’s name without taking permission. To represent India in any recognised tournament, it is mandatory to take approval from the respective sport’s national federation.” Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Sanctions Rs 5 Lakh Each to Two Sportspersons Facing Financial Hardships
The team returned from Lahore via Attari-Wagah land route on Sunday after losing the finals.
“We did not need permission from any authority for participating in the tournament because we all went there in individual capacities,” said team promoter Davinder Singh Bajwa.
“We have our own five different independent federations which went to Pakistan in their own capacities to take part in the competition. Therefore, there was nothing wrong in it,” he added.
Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to congratulate his team after it beat India in the final and asked about it, Rijiju said it was not wise on Khan’s part.
“It is not wise for a person of the stature of Pakistan Prime Minister to make such statements. It is a serious matter. Imran Khan himself was a sportsman, now he has become the Prime Minister but he should avoid giving such statements.”