The arrival of an ‘Indian team’ in Pakistan for the World Kabaddi Championship has kicked up a controversy. India’s sports ministry and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the national federation, claim they haven’t given clearance to any sportsperson for participation in the competition.

A contingent from India reached Lahore on Saturday via the Wagah border to take part in the championship, which is being hosted by Pakistan for the first time. The pictures and footage of the Indians arriving in Lahore have surfaced in social media.

“The sports ministry and the ministry of external affairs have not granted any permission to any team, which is mandatory while representing the country at any international event,” a source from the sports ministry told PTI on a condition of anonymity.

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The administrator of AKFI, Justice (Retd.) S. P. Garg, said, “We have no…

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