Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan awarded cash incentives to the national heroes who won the Kabaddi World Cup 2020.
The Air Chief met the national Kabaddi team players here at the Air Headquarters and felicitated the team for winning the World Cup, APP reported.
The Air Chief lauded the performance of players who brought laurels to the country by winning the biggest event in the sport which was very popular in the rural areas of Pakistan.
He further said that winning the final against arch-rivals India was an icing on the cake, which has made the whole nation proud.
He added that it was a proud moment for PAF, as seven players including the captain Chief Warrant Officer Muhammad Irfan were part of PAF Kabaddi team, which was also the title holder of National Championship.
Pakistan beat India in a close contest in the final by 43-41 of the Kabaddi World Cup.
Pakistan has won the Kabaddi World Cup for the first time.
Pakistan was awarded a cash prize of ten million rupees along the trophy while Indian team was given seven point five million rupees cash prize.
Pakistan and India beat their respective opponents Iran and Australia in the semifinals at Punjab Stadium Lahore. Pakistan had defeated Iran 52-30 and India beat Australia 42-32.
Pakistan has qualified for the finals fifth time in the history of Kabaddi World Cup.
Finals will be held today at 7 pm at Punjab Stadium Lahore.
Australia will fight with Iran in the third play-off before the decider.
Iran offered good assistance in the first few minutes. Both were locked 6-6 at one stage. But Pakistan played well and extended the lead with a good pace.
Pakistan was leading 29-17 at half time. It then beat Iranians with a good margin in the second half.
Shehzad Akmal Dogar, Sajjad Gujjar, Nafees Gujjar, and Waqas Butt performed well in the middle.
Sajjad Gujjar was named as the best stopper whereas Waqas butt was declared as the best raider of the clash.
The match was supervised by Asif Rasheed and Fazal Haq Gujjar.
Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) secretary Mohammad Sarwar said, “It would be a tough final as both are good teams,”
“But Pakistan will play in front of the home crowd and that point can be exploited by our players,”