Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday ordered the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) to launch an inquiry into an “unauthorised” Indian team’s participation in the circle style world cup in Pakistan even as the side’s promoter asserted that no permission was needed to compete in the “unofficial” tournament.

The team returned from Lahore after losing in the final on Sunday amid the furore over its participation in an event declared “invalid” by the International Kabaddi Federation.

“We did not need permission from any authority for participating in the tournament because we all went there in individual capacities,” team promoter Davinder Singh Bajwa told reporters upon returning via the Attari-Wagah land route.

“We have our own five different independent federations which went to Pakistan in their own capacities to take part in the competition. Therefore,…

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