ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (APP): The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Kabaddi
Championship will roll into action from November 28 here at the
Jinnah Stadium of the Pakistan Sports Complex.
This was stated by Group Captain Asghar Awan Director Sports
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) here at a press conference held at Pakistan
Sports Complex on Monday.
He said the championship would continue till December 3. “As
many as 12 teams including PAF, Pakistan Army, Wapda, Railways, Sui
Gas, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Police, Islamabad, Punjab,
Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will take part in the
championship,” he said.
He said the 12 teams will be divided into four groups. “The
top two teams from each group will compete against each other in the
quarter finals round,” he said.
He said the winning team will be rewarded with a cash prize of
Rs 400,000 while the runner-up team will receive a cash reward of Rs
200,000. “Third and fourth will receive Rs 75,000 each,” he said.
He said the best player of the championship (one raider & one
defender) will be awarded Rs 25,000 each. He also said that this
event will be held annually in future.
Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF),
Secretary, Muhammad Sarwar said this tournament will also serve as
the base of selection of Pakistan’s National Kabaddi team. “In
addition to this players will also be selected for the upcoming
first ever Kabaddi League of Pakistan which will be held in 2017,”
He said Strawberry Sports Management are the key sponsors for
the championship. “We laud their efforts for the promotion of
kabaddi,” he said.
He also praised Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman for being the
patron of the championship. “Efforts are being made for live
broadcast of all matches,” he said.
He said the next ewdition of the Kabaddi Championship will
also feature foreign teams hopefully.
Responding to a question, he said Pakistani players who
clinched gold in the Asian Beach Games Kabaddi at Vietnam have not
yet received any cash rewards from Ministry of Inter Provincial
Coordination (IPC) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). He urged that
timely cash rewards should be given to the players.