Factionalism, fraud and criminal activity has tarnished the reputation of Kabaddi and the South Asian community. Allegations that some people were making a fortune sponsoring fake and genuine kabaddi players from Punjab so they could file for PR status here.
Things got so bad that in 2012 then-Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney complained that Canada’s generosity was abused by about 100 Kabaddi players who failed to return to India and Pakistan and that the onus now was on those involved in this sport to re-establish their credibility.
Recently Devinder Shory, Conservative MP from Calgary Northeast, was in Surrey on a mission to unite three groups of Kabaddi organizers into a single new federation called the Kabaddi Federation of B.C. 2015.
This move was initiated by Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), and Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), Devinder Shory was there to assist and move along the process.
Shory said the move was made to prevent fraud and that genuine players from abroad could come and play and then go back in a timely manner. This was also to unite the community, he added.