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World Cup Kabaddi 2010 Final India vs Pakistan

Ludhiana (Punjab), April 12 (IANS) Beating their arch rivals Pakistan by a huge margin of 58-24, India Monday won the first edition of the Kabaddi World Cup.

The final of this 10-day tournament was played here at jam-packed floodlit Guru Nanak Stadium.

Besides a glittering trophy, victorious Indian team received a cheque of Rs.1 crore whereas first Pakistan took home Rs.51 lakh.

Earlier in the day, Canada outplayed Italy by a big margin of 66-22 and attained third spot in the tournament. Canada and Italy bagged cash prize of Rs.25 lakh and Rs.10 lakh respectively.

Indian captain Mangat Singh Mangi was declared the best stopper and Canadian Kuljit Singh Malsihan was adjudged the best raider. Both were awarded a tractor each.

Besides winning this coveted cup, Indian team members had another reason to rejoice as Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced that all would be given state government jobs.

Badal said a formal decision would taken during the state cabinet meeting April 15.

Enthused with the whopping response to Kabaddi World Cup, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that the state will host an eight-nation Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament this year.

Various senior leaders of Punjab government had come to see the final match. Abhay and Ajay Chautala, senior leaders of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the main opposition party in Haryana, had also come to watch this match.

Nine international teams from countries like Pakistan, US, Great Btitain, Canada, Iran and Australia participated in this cash-rich tournament.

World Cup Kabaddi-2010 is all set to witness a heart-pulsating final Monday with traditional rivals India and Pakistan locking horns for the coveted title and the Rs.1 crore prize money.

In the semi-final matches Saturday, India defeated Canada 57-36, while Pakistan overcame Italy 57-33.

Meanwhile, enthused with the overwhelming response to the first edition of the tournament, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that eight stadiums conforming to international standards would be completed within one year in the state.

"The next World Cup Kabaddi tournament would be held in these newly constructed stadiums. Services of international architects would be sought for this ambitious project," he said.

"This tournament has left behind IPL cricket as for as TRP ratings in northern India, New Delhi, Canada, Britain, the US, Italy, Pakistan and Iran are concerned. People from all over the country are thronging the stadiums to witness the nail biting matches," Badal said.

Nine teams from countries like Pakistan, the US, Britain, Canada, Iran and Australia participated in this cash-rich tournament.

The winning team of this tournament will receive a cash award of Rs.1 crore, while the first runner-up will bag Rs. 51 lakh. The second and third runner-up teams will take home Rs. 21 and Rs. 10 lakh respectively.

Besides Rs. 500,000 each will be given to other participating teams.

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