In the tournament, 14 countries taking part and took off in grand fashion on November 1, with Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan performing in the opening ceremony. The champions were rewarded by Rs1 crore as prize money.
However, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan, each country — including India — had at least one player failing the test for banned substances.
Under testing, 200 samples were collected and sent to the National Dope Test Laboratory (NDTL) and returned positive for anabolic steroids.
The Pargat Singh, The World Cup’s organizing secretary, is hardly surprised and says, “It’s a common practice,” “Kabaddi is huge in Punjab. There is a tournament almost every weekend and thousands of people turn up for it,” he adds.