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India to face Pakistan in three-match kabaddi series in November

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The Indian national kabaddi team and Pakistan will face off in a three-match kabaddi series at the Kartarpur Corridor in November, according to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune website.

Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) secretary Rana Sarwar made the announcement on Tuesday, while also mentioning that a No-Objection Certificate for the event has been received for the event.

The series was initially planned to be held in May, but as the COVID-19 situation worsened in both Pakistan and India, it was postponed to November.

Kartarpur Corridor, the venue for the three-match kabaddi series, is a visa-free crossing. It connects the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan to the border with India.

Pakistan beat an ‘unauthorised’ Indian kabaddi team 43-41 in the circle-style Kabaddi World Cup final in Lahore in February last year.

Indian authorities had said that it had not sanctioned any team to play in the tournament and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) requested the organisers not to display the Indian flag.

Bilateral ties between the two countries, including sporting relations, are frosty at best.

The Indian kabaddi team was last in action at the South Asian Games in 2019 in Nepal. India won the gold medal after beating Sri Lanka in the final.

Feature image courtesy: Pro Kabaddi

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