The biennial Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed Sarsabz Fertilizers Gold Kabaddi Cup (circle style) will be staged at the Zahoor Elahi Stadium, Gujrat from November 22 to 25, Secretary Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF), Rana Muhammad Sarwar said on Wednesday.
Talking to APP, he said the event was a regular feature of PKF’s sports programme and had been taking place almost after every two years since the assassination of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed in 1981.
“His contributions for the promotion of Kabaddi in Pakistan are matchless. He was the founder president of the PKF.
He along with Khawaja Ali Muhammad, the then Secretary of the PKF picked up the youth from meadows and pastures of the country and developed a formidable Pakistan Kabaddi outfit,” Sarwar said.
“He himself used to bear all the expenses of Kabaddi athletes during his lifetime. He had arranged the first ever trip of Pakistan Kabaddi outfit for Canada Cup in 1981 from his own pocket,” he recalled.
Sarwar said by holding Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed Sarsabz Fertilizers Gold Kabaddi Cup, the federation was trying to pay tribute to the man, whose efforts brought Kabaddi to the limelight in Pakistan.
He said over 150 athletes belonging to four provinces, Islamabad, Army, Pakistan Air Force, Water and Power Development Authority, Railways, Police, Higher Education Commission , Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), would chip in the four-day event.—APP