Badal, Muktsar: Buoyed over the success of the fifth Kabaddi World Cup, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday announced to double the prize money for Women's World Cup from existing Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore.
Addressing the gathering during the closing ceremony of the tournament at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, Badal hailed the sportsman spirit exhibited by all the participating teams in the fortnight-long extravaganza.
He said that the state government was a firm believer of egalitarian society so no discrimination was made between male and female in any field.
Badal said that following this practice the state government decided to bring the prize money for the women kabaddi team at par with that of men's teams participating in the next edition of the World Kabaddi Cup.
Congratulating Deputy Chief Minister for organising the tournament, the chief minister said that Sukhbir Singh Badal deserves credit for transforming the mother game of Punjab from a rural sport to a global event.
He said that it was a matter of great pride for them that this game was now equally popular in nations across the globe, a glaring example of which was the presence of a number of foreign teams in the tournament.
Badal said that due to the stupendous efforts of the state government the game has already became famous even in those countries, which had even not heard about it inthe past.
Highlighting the importance of sports in the life a human being, Badal said that besides giving health benefits it teaches a person how to live a disciplined life.
Likewise, he said that a person learns to work in a team by actively participating in the sporting activity.
"Sports have a lot of significance due to which the state of Punjab was profusely engaged in promoting it in every nook and corner of the state," added Badal.
Welcoming all the dignitaries to his native village, the chief minister said that every Punjabi was proud that eminent personalities like Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister of state for Sports Sarbnanda Sonowal had graced this occasion.