Regional qualifying tournament to promote Kabaddi
KABADDI: Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation (AAKF) Congress that met in
New Delhi on 28th November 2006 decided to have regional qualifying
tournaments to arrest the declining number of teams participating at the
This year's Asiad in Doha will see only five teams participating and
the AAKF is concerned that the numbers could further drop for the next
edition in four years time of something positive is not done
India's Kuldeep Vats, who was unanimously elected as the news
president by the 10 attending countries at the congress. Kuldeep, who is
also the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games Joint secretary as well as an
executive member of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), said that the
AAKF would also seek to include Kabaddi at least as a demonstration
sport at the commonwealth Games.
General Samara Kesornin was also elected unanimously as the new
The position of Deputy President was created following the adoption
of a new AAKF Statutes and Guidelines at the Congress.
The three vice-presidents elected in were Sri Lanka's Brigadier E.M.
Mahinda Ambanpola, Pakistan's Abdul Majeed and India's Mala Benerjee.
Incumbent Secretary General S. T. Arasu of Malaysia, was unanimously
elected for a second four year term.
Afghanistan's Samiullah Musharraf was elected as the joint secretary.
Incumbent treasurer Group Captain Rohitha Ranasighe was also elected
unopposed and he will be assisted by Nepal's Hari Pandey, Former AAKF
secretary General M. T. Fernando was annointed as the Referees Board