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Indian Kabaddi Teams Banned from International Competitions | Updates from Delhi

Global Ban on Indian Kabaddi Players by International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) Sparks Fresh Crisis in New Delhi

The Indian kabaddi community was rocked by a fresh crisis as the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced the barring of the country’s players from participating in international competitions. The decision came as a result of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) failing to constitute a duly elected body to oversee its day-to-day operations.

Currently, AKFI is under the control of an administrator, with a pending writ petition before the Delhi High Court regarding the matter. The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, adding further uncertainty to the situation.

The recent elections held by AKFI in December 2023 saw Vibhor Jain elected as the president and Jitendra Pran Singh as secretary general. However, the approval of the election results was subject to the court’s decision, leading to the administrator maintaining control of the federation.

In a letter to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president P T Usha, IKF’s chief Vinod Kumar Tiwari expressed the organization’s concerns over the governance issues within AKFI. As a result, Indian teams will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming 1st Senior men’s World Beach Kabaddi Championships.

This setback adds to the recent challenges faced by Indian kabaddi, as the teams were also excluded from the Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games due to AKFI’s governance issues under an administrator’s control. The development has sparked further debate and discussions within the kabaddi community, raising questions about the future of the sport in India.

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