ISLAMABAD - Sensational Pakistan downed arch-rivals India 50-31 to retain the 3rd Asian Kabaddi Championship 2016 Circle Style in the jam-packed final played at POF Wah Sports Complex on Friday night.

Lt General Umar Mehmood Hayat, Chairman POF Wah, graced the final as chief guest, while high-profile dignitaries, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) secretary Rana M Sarwar, PSB Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera along with pack-to-capacity crowd were also present on the occasion.

The chief guest was introduced with both the teams and officials prior to start of the fifth and last league match of the championship, which turned to be the final as both Pakistan and India remained undefeated in the event. Helped by a highly vocal crowd, Pakistan completely dominated both the halved of the final. Indians looked highly puzzled and had no answers to the pace, aggression and agility of Pakistani kabaddi players.

The highly-laudable thing witnessed during the final was complete respect given to each other by arch-rivals. The players shook hand with each other after getting a point or losing a point which was wonderful exhibition of mutual respect and sportsman spirit.

Pakistan managed to collect 24 points in the 20 minutes of the first half, while India could score 15 in the same period. It was all Pakistan in the second 20 minutes of the encounter, as Pakistan collected 26 points, while India could muster 16. Soon after the final whistle was blown, wild celebrations broke out in the stadium and people especially youngsters started raise slogans ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and picked the players on their shoulders. Highly emotional scenes were witnessed as tears broke out from the eyes of players and PKF officials. With this victory, Pakistan won the Asian Kabaddi Championship for the second time in the running. Mana Jutt, Shafiq Chisti, Waqas Butt, Bilal, Mohsin Dhillon and Rana M Atif displayed exceptional kabaddi skills and were instrumental in helping Pakistan retain the title.

Iran grabbed third position in the event after hammering Afghanistan 57-14. A total of six teams from Asia participated in the championship. Later, the chief guest distributed prizes and trophies among the teams and players and also handed championship trophy to Pakistan team.