Jeddah: Karavali Welfare Association Riyadh (KWAR) won the prestigious Kabaddi League- 2017 championship trophy organized by NRI Sports Federation, in association with SACQO and Bhatkal Community, Jeddah on 10th March 2017 at Shababiya Ground, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Nine teams from all over Saudi Arabia participated in Kabaddi League, 2017.
Opening Ceremony wasstarted by playing the National Anthem of both India and Saudi Arabia. Colorful League was grandly inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri. Anand Kumar, Consul(consular) of Jeddah Consulate by freeing the birds. Speaking on the occasion he said that he felthappy to see the players from different parts of Saudi Arabia and it was great occasion to see Kabaddi match live in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Ashraf Morayoor - President of Indian Social Forum, Mr. Nouman Ali Akbara – President of Bhatkal Community Jeddah, Mr. Roshan Rodrigues – President of KNRI, Mr. Mallappan – General Manager of Yousuf Al Rooq Trading Est., Mr. Faizuddin – President of Indian Fraternirt Forum, MuthalibPadubidri – General Manager of Bin Fahad Engineering and the team Managers of all the teams were present in the dais.
Inaugural Match was played between the Saqco-Kalladka Warriors &Bhatkal Community Jeddah - Co Partners of the event. KWAR entered the final round of the tournament beating Al Muzain – Al Ahsa Knight Riders in semifinal while White Stone-Navayuga entered finals by defeating SACQO Kalladka Warriors in second semifinal.
Final match between KWAR and White Stone was very exciting with the both teams scoring same points of 19-19 after full time. KWAR won the final match on extra time of 5 each rides.
KWAR player Mr. Muhammed Nazeer won the man of the series award for his magnificent performance throughout the tournament. Mr. Adam from white stone awarded with best rider while Mr.Siddique from Al Muzain won best all rounder trophy. Arjun from KWAR retained best performer trophy.IlyasPadubidri,Mr. Rohan Shetty, Mr. Santhosh Shetty, Mr. HaarisGoodinabali presented trophies to the players and teams.
Bhatkal Community Jeddah,Bhatkal Community A, Energia Al Faris, Manki Community Jeddah and Jeddah Tamil Thunders participated in Kabaddi League 2017.
General Secretary of NRI Sports Federation Akbar Kalladka welcomed the Guests and gathering while ElyasPadubidri delivered vote of thanks. Mohammed Ali Muloor,Anchor of the Kabaddi League 2017, thanked all the sponsors and concluded Kabaddi League 2017.