The Indian team created history by winning the Asian Kabaddi Championship held in South Korea after beating Iran 42-32 in the final. But the Grand Finale was witness to a bizarre incident where the line referee jumped in the middle of a tackle, to stop the match as one of India’s defenders had crossed the end line.
The incident occurred in the last three minutes of the match when India was leading 38-30 as an Iranian player came in for a raid. As the raider tried to find a point, India’s Aslam Inamdar managed to get his foot outside the end, which immediately got him out.
Unaware of the rule, Imandar jumped in for a tackle as the other two Indian defenders joined to help. Suddenly, the line referee came into the square and tried pulling Imandar off the playing surface with an ankle hold. Every in the middle was in shock as the raider received the point.
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After this bizarre raid, India comfortably cruised to another top-class victory and took their record-extending 11th Asian Kabaddi Championship title. The star of the final was Indian captain Pawan Sehrawat - 13 points while Aslam Inamdar (8 points) and Arjun Deshwal (5 points) were the next top performers.
After a dominant run in the Asian Kabaddi Championship, the Indian team’s next big challenge will be the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The intercontinental event will take place from September 23 to October 8. Iran had previously defeated India in the semi-finals in Jakarta of the 2018 edition.