New Delhi: Days after India beat Iran to win their third successive Kabaddi World Cup title, a poignant tale from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games resurfaced to surprise of everyone.
The fact that India and Iran played the last couple of kabaddi finals – in both men's and women's sections – in international competitions only made it all the more relevant. But then, everybody seemed to have missed that moment, with India celebrating a double gold in kabaddi, one of their most loved games.
India played Iran in the women's kabaddi final at the 2014 Asiad. Indian girls, as expected, started as the favourites and won the gold medal match convincingly by beating their Iranian opponents 31-21, after leading 15-11 at half-time.
But that match will always be remembered for Indian team's sportsmanship, and brilliant gesture towards their opponents. While in the second half, an Iranian raider found herself tackle hard by the Indians, and in the process, displaced.
Then, the Indian team, instead of pursuing with the game, stopped the proceedings to help their opponent. They circled her and allowed her to put it back on as the match officials allowed the match to be 'disrupted'.
As in other sports, the Iranian women's kabaddi team competed wearing in hijab, and covering from head to toe with full length sleeves.