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kabaddi World Cup 2011 Winner

Team India defeated Canada 59-25 to win the kabaddi World Cup 2011 finals in men's kabaddi at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on November 20th 2011. In the women's finals India beat UK 44-17. Pakistan secured the third spot after beating Italy with a difference of 60-22. In the men's final at half time, India was leading by 28-13. The Canadian team lost a few players to doping. Despite the fact that the match was held under floodlights and continued to midnight, the stadium was packed with the audience who had come to watch the match.

The kabaddi tournament was unfortunately tainted by a doping controversy with players from the United States, Canada, India and other nations falling in the dope trap. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) had even demanded adequate security for its officials conducting the doping tests to avoid any uncalled for incidents. The Australian and USA teams were disqualified as most of their players were found dope positive by NADA.

By winning the kabaddi World Cup, India has secured Rs.2 crore in the form of prize money, while the runner up has taken home Rs.1 crore. Addressing the audience on the occasion, Punjab's chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, thanked the teams and the organizers of all participating countries for making e event a grand success and bring the sport of kabaddi to an international level. Sukhbir Singh Badal, the deputy Chief Minister of Punjab said that his dream to take kabaddi to the Olympic level was near completion and he was hoping to take kabaddi to the Brazil Olympics in 2016.

The kabaddi World Cup 2011, was a 20 day event in which 14 countries took part in the men's section and 4 countries took part in the women's section, competing for Rs. 4.11 crore prize money.

Last Updated on 11/24/2011