The Indian Kabaddi team, which defeated Iran in the final last month to win their third World Cup in a row, have been felicitated by the Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday. Members of the squad will receive Rs. 10 lakh each as an award for their achievement.
India bounced back from a shock defeat in their opening game against Korea before defeating Iran 38-29 in the final, a match where Iran
Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who was present at the felicitation ceremony, has assured that all the members of the squad will be awarded and that the government will push for the inclusion of the sport in the Olympics.
“All players and the coach will be awarded. We will also strive to get the game included in Olympics,” Goel said.
Ajay Thakur, who was the Man of The Tournament, has stressed
“When you spend so much time with and against each other you are bound to learn the weak points of other players, know their strengths and their secrets. They come here and learn.
“But we have the advantage of having played kabaddi for centuries. I have myself been playing for 10 years now. That is our strength. But it is getting close constantly,” Thakur said.