New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) has been left shell shocked after a Kabaddi staff from India reached Pakistan to participate within the World Championship.
Talking to IANS, IOA chief Narinder Batra mentioned on Monday that the staff, which reached Lahore on Saturday, just isn’t an official one from the nation and therefore, they can not use the phrase “India” underneath their banner as they haven’t been accepted by the Novice Kabbadi Federation of India (AKFI).
“The IOA has not approved and it has also not been approved by the federation so I don’t know who has gone. Whether 60 or 100 have gone, I have no idea. The kabaddi federation, which is a member of IOA, has confirmed that they have not sent anyone. I have seen statements from the (sports) ministry which confirm they have not approved anyone. So I don’t know who they are and what the story is,” Batra mentioned.
“It has got nothing to do with Indian sports,” he added.
The staff reached Lahore by the Wagah Border to participate within the championship, which is being hosted for the primary time in Pakistan. All of the six earlier editions of the championship had been held in India between 2010 and 2019 the place the hosts emerged victorious on all events.
“As long as our member unit has not cleared it, they cannot use the word ‘India.’ It has to come through IOA and the government, only then you can use that word. Some individuals with Indian passport go and play there as India, that is not how sports are run. But then, I can never predict anything about Pakistan, that’s beyond my control. They can do whatever they want,” Batra mentioned.
Based on the process, for participation at abroad occasions, the nationwide federation wants to speak to the sports activities ministry which in flip writes to the ministry of exterior affairs for political clearance and residential ministry for safety clearance, no matter whether or not the federal government is funding the contingent or not.
The administrator of AKFI Justice (Retd) SP Garg additionally mentioned that they don’t have any details about any staff to have gone to Pakistan.
“No permission was ever granted by AKFI to any team to go to Pakistan and play any kabaddi match there. We came to know about it only after information was sought,” he mentioned in a press release.
“AKFI does not support any such activity. Legal action may be taken against the defaulters,” he added.
Based on the organisers of the World Championship, groups from 10 nations are participating within the occasion being organised in three cities. A complete of 24 matches are scheduled to be performed within the event with the winners getting a prize cash of Rs10 million, whereas the runner-ups will bag Rs7.5 million.
Gamers from 10 international locations — Pakistan, India, Canada, america, Australia, England, Iran, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Azerbaijan are participating within the occasion.