ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army won the International Beach Kabbadi Tournament after edging out mighty Iran 40-36 in the final on Wednesday here at Jinnah Stadium. Army had already won the national title after winning all their matches of the event while the evening match proved the battle of titans, to become the international champion. On papers, Iran were very tough team to beat and they further enhanced their reputation by beating all their opponents until the crucial match against Army. Army right from the beginning went for the attack and never allowed Iran to dictate terms. Nasir Khalid and Abrar of Army were in outstanding form as they both played key role in landing title for their team. For Iran Farhad played exceptionally well and scored some crucial points but could not guide his team to victory. At half-time Army were leading 20-15. The second half started at lightening pace as Army raced to a comfortable 15 points lead but Iran made a strong comeback and reduced the margin to just three points. Army boys held on to their nerves and finally managed to win the seesaw battle 40-36. Director General Pakistan Sports Board Syed Amir Hamza Gilani was the chief guest on the occasion. Hossein Ravesh, Deputy Head of the Mission in Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brig Iqtidar Naseer, Director Army Sports Board, Col Qaiser Mustafa Nayak, Secretary Army Sports Board, Captain Ansar Mehmood, Director Navy Sports Board, and Rana M Sarwar, Secretary Pakistan Kabbadi Federation, were also present on the occasion. Earlier in the morning session, Iran beat Navy 47-35, Army beat PAF 30-25, Wapda beat PAF 61-23, Navy beat Wapda 46-30 and PAF beat Afghanistan 33-16. Wapda got third position in the tournament. Afghanistan failed to win any of their matches during the entire tournament but they performed well considering the circumstances and lack of infrastructure in the war-torn country. Overall it was a very well organised event and the message to the world community that Pakistan is totally safe for all kinds of sporting activities. The credit for holding such an organised and disciplined tournament goes to Secretary PKF Rana Sarwar and his team. MOHSIN ALI