It was Friday the 13th, and the Thursday the 12th had been a historic win for the Indian International Women’s team of Kabaddi. As I was searching the national dailies for an extract, it came shocking to me as this information did not make it on the front page or anywhere on the 2nd front page too. Such a shame, man. Where are we heading at?

But this win did not make news, why?

I am completely filled with fury and agitation because, this is the third time they winning a national title and deserved to be there. Not many are aware of the fact that on 12th December 2013, the Indian Women Kabaddi Team has won the World Championship for third time in a row. It was Friday the 13th, and the Thursday  the 12th had been an historic win for the Indian International Women’s team of Kabaddi .The Indian women’s team led their New Zealand counterparts for most part of the match and held out a strong challenge in the second half, on course to a resonant win.

 Although, the happiness in my heart couldn’t really be explained when I heard of the Women’s Kabaddi team winning news. The tears of pride (and a little prejudice of course, since I had seen them play before!) came gushing through when I saw their video of victory. Sigh. After all, they did it. They were meant to. They did not cry for equal treatment, and yet reservation for gender like the so many of us. This was more than just the affect of some classy-male-starring-Bollywood movie. This is the one thing that happened so far, where Indians, male and women alike took to look great in the world’s eyes. Okay, I might have gone overboard with the last sentence, but winning 2 world cups in a row, Asian games, South Asian games is like the first thing that ever happened to Indian teams, male and female alike.

 

India on 12 December 2013 won the women’s Kabaddi World Cup championship for the third time in a row, defeating New Zealand 49-21 in the summit clash in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Sukhwinder Kaur led to this victory for the women’s team. Also, there was a once in a blue moon event. Pakistan had a all-new-first-time women’s team. Some of the players acclaimed that they wanted to show that Pakistani women are capable of everything women in other countries are. Hence it was a Win-win for everyone. For, India literally though.

Some of the facts of this Tournament:

• The 4th Pearls Kabaddi World Cup – 2013 was held from 30 November to 12 December 2013 in the state of Punjab, India.

• The women teams which were participated in the tournament are India and the United States, England, Denmark, New Zealnd, Mexico, Kenya and Pakistan.

• The Kabaddi world cup 2013 was organised state Government of Punjab.

• Indian women’s team has won 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of World cups.

• This tournament is annual event, with popularising the rural sport at the international level, aims to promote people-to-people contact.

• For the first team a women’s team from Pakistan participated in the tournament.

Also, the men’s team made it. It was a worth watching, arch-rivals fight and they managed it pretty well. Atleast, there is one sport where you can watch your country stand out, well, all alike!

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