‘How was the slap bro’: Pakistani athlete slaps India’s player, later raises Indian flag saying ‘this fight was for peace, we are not enemies’ : The Tribune India

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‘How was the slap bro’: Pakistani athlete slaps India’s player, later raises Indian flag saying ‘this fight was for peace, we are not enemies’

Shahzaib's winning performance and his post-match gesture became a big talking point among fans on both ends of the border

‘How was the slap bro’: Pakistani athlete slaps India’s player, later raises Indian flag saying ‘this fight was for peace, we are not enemies’

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Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, April 22

Pakistan athlete Shahzaib Rindh defeated India’s captain Rana Singh at the Karate Combat in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Saturday.

The winner was decided in the last round after Pakistan's Rizwan Ali and India's Himanshu Kaushik won the first and second match, respectively.

Pakistan athlete Shahzaib Rindh after winning the match came into the ring raising both Pakistani and Indian flags as his gesture of peace between the two countries.

"This fight was for peace. We are not enemies, we are together,” Rindh said after the match, adding that: "We are divided by politics".

I want to thank Salman Khan for coming here. He's my superstar. I've been watching your movies since childhood. It's been a pleasure to fight in front of you. Thank you," he said.

After the match, Shahzaib also had the opportunity to interact with Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who also couldn't resist lauding the athlete for his terrific performances.

Shahzaib's performance and his post-match gesture became a big talking point among fans on both ends of the border.

Earlier, Rindh had slapped Rana while on stage during a press conference on Friday.

The video of the incident immediately went viral on social media. "How was the slap bro?" Rindh said after the clash during press conference.

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