Look, we’re as excited as the next khan about the forthcoming FIFA World Cup—if Paraguay wins it all, we stand to make a pretty penny. But our enthusiasm for soccer’s top tournament pales in comparison to the love we feel for the Kabaddi World Cup 2010, currently taking place in Punjab, India. Longtime readers already know that kabaddi holds a special place in our hearts. And so you can only imagine how intently we’ve been following the results filtering out of Amritsar and Gurdaspur, especially those involving the game-yet-overmatched U.S. squad.
We also find ourselves unable to resist the prose of kabaddi sportswriters, who certainly dig in with gusto:
The primordial sport of an ancient civilisation made a stunning appearance in this city with thousands of locals flocking to the outdoor stadium to witness the proceedings in the first Pearl World Cup Kabaddi 2010.
On a day, when the fare revolved around some brilliant individual displays, the icing on the cake was provided in the pool B match played between Pakistan and Spain. The men from across the border entered the ground as the overwhelming favourites—as favourites as the Lions were when they were thrown into the ring with the Christians in the Roman coliseum. And they lived up to their top billing with embarrassing ease when they knocked the daylights out of a hapless Spain 61-32.
To no one’s surprise, Pakistan and India appear headed to the finals on April 12. Let’s hope they get the security situation sorted out before that epic clash.
(h/t Dan Morrison, aka “Our Man in Dhaka”)