Probe Indian team’s visit to Pak: Rijiju asks AKFI

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, ┬áSports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday asked the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) to launch an inquiry into an “unauthorised” Indian team’s participation in the circle style World Cup in Pakistan.

The organisers though said that no permission needed to compete in the “unofficial” tournament.

“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 here.

“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.”

The team came back from Lahore after losing in the final on Sunday.

The World Kabaddi Federation had said that the World Championship in Pakistan is “unauthorised” and “no institution will officially recognise the certificate” of the meet.

“We did not need permission from any authority for participating in the tournament because we all went there in individual capacities,” team promoter Davinder Singh Bajwa told reporters upon returning via the Attari-Wagah land route.

“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.