India sorely missed in Junior Kabaddi World Cup 2019

The first edition of Junior World Kabaddi Championship (Boys) kicked off in Iran on 11th November 2019. The tournament will go on till 15th November 2019 in the national stadium of Kish Island, Iran.

This IKF backed tournament will feature Under-20 players from 13 participating nations. India team was conspicuous by its absence. In a shocking decision AKFI could not announce the team in time - a disappointment for the players and tournament organisers.

 

In a shocking decision AKFI could not announce the team in time - a disappointment for the players and tournament organisers.

 

The general goal of AKFI has been to spread the love for Kabaddi across many countries, to ensure a place for Kabaddi in 2028 Olympics. For tournaments like Asian Games and Dubai Master, in fact AKFI exported many coaches to empower teams new to Kabaddi. Kabaddi 2016 World Cup was in jest also called the Indian Coaches League. Teams including Iran, South Korea, Australia, Poland and USA creating a unique Make In India moment through the sport of Kabaddi. Given all this history that the decision not to send a team is a big miss.  

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Day 1 Results : Iran, Bangladesh and Pakistan dominate proceedings

 

Malaysia, Kenya, Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh notched big wins on Day 1. 8 teams will go through to playoffs and of these teams are likely to find a place in the playoffs. 

Results Junior Kabaddi World Cup Day 1

 

Team Score Score Team
Turkmenistan 26 76 Malaysia
Kenya 38 30 Iraq
Bangladesh 84 11 Afghanistan
Iran 60 19 Thailand
Pakistan 72 23 Denmark

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