Kabaddi kabaddi ..

Kabaddi! is one of the most popular games in Asia, especially in the rural areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka where it has probably been played for thousands of years! Its a game which requires great skill, speed and strength but little equipment and a small pitch size.

History of Kabaddi

The Game of Kabaddi is thought to be over 4000 years old and was probably devised as a way to develop the physical strength, speed and skill of young men as prized assets for fighting and soldiering. The game combines both self defence from, attacking and counter attacking between groups and singles and although originally intended for training men it is also now played by women. There have evolved several different names (Chedugudu or Hu-Tu-Tu in southern parts of India, Hadudu (Men) and Chu - Kit-Kit (women) in eastern India, and Kabaddi in northern India.) and forms: in India these are Surjeevani, Gaminee and Amar and the game is hugely popular.

The rules of Kabaddi

The rules of Kabaddi are relatively simple although the various versions have different rules regarding players, e.g. in the 'Surjeevani' form one player is revived against one player of the opposite team who is out. Therefore a time limit is needed. In the 'Gaminee' form this revival does not exist, so the game ends when no players are left. However, in all forms if a player goes outside the court, except in a struggle, they are considered out. The simplicity of these rules, lack of equipment and small court size has enabled Kabaddi to become popular across the world.

Playing of Kabaddi

The Kabaddi court is divided into two halves with a team of 12 players at each end (only 7 on court at each time). The aim of the game is to score points by touching or catching the opposing teams players. Each team alternate in sending one of their players in to try and touch as many of the opposition players as possible before running out of breath as they chant kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi.... Once a player is touched they are out. The aim of the defending team is to grab the attacking player and hold him until he has to take another breath, when he is out. Each match has two halves lasting 20 minutes each.

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