The Game of the Masses
Kabaddi is a popular rural sport and is followed by the masses all over South Asia.
KabaddiK is a popular rural sport and isi followed by the masses all over SouthS Asia.
After a controversy in the final of the Kabaddi 2014 World Cup, which was played in India in December 2014, Pakistan lost the titledecider to hosts India. Pakistan cried foul as the final hooter was sounded before the scheduledd finish time but, nevertheless, despite Pakistan’s fervent protests, India was declared eclared champion.
Kabaddi is an indigenous ndigenous sport which is played in all l parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, esh, especially in rural areas, in one e form or the other. The forms and nd styles vary from region to region. . It is known as hu-tu-tu in western ern India, ha-do-do in eastern India and Bangladesh, chedugudu gudu in southern India and kaunbada unbada in northern India. Modern odern kabaddi is a synthesis is of the game played in its various forms under der different names.
It is a manly ly game which requires es athleticism, skill, speed, d, stamina and agility. ty. It has the capacity to become a popular sport port of the Asian continent. t.
Kabaddi is also very popular in England, Canada, America and other parts of the world also. Asian Style le Kabaddi has started getting its place lace in Europe countries as well as in Iran and Afghanistan.
Kabaddi is sometimes imes referred to as the "game of the masses" due to its popularity in Asia a and its simple format. No sophisticated ated equipment is required to play thee game.
The game originated ted in South Asia and is played with two wo teams of 12 players (seven on court, urt, and five in reserve). The game e consists of two halves of 20 minutes utes each.
The purpose of the game is to reach the highest score by touching or capturing the opposing team's players, while continuously chanting "kabaddikabaddi". Points are scored by raiding into the opponents' court and touching as many defence players as possible without getting caught. Players on the defensive side are called "antis", while those on the offence are "raiders".
The raider enters the opponent's court chanting the word "kabaddi" while holding his breath. He has to continue to do so until he returns to his home court. Antis touched by a raider during the attack are declared "out" if they do not succeed in catching the raider before he returnsre to his home court.
A victorious team is awarded two points; in the event of a draw each team receives one pointpo while a losing team gets zero points. If there is a draw in the final or semisemi-finals, two extra periods of five m minutes are played immediately, with the same number of playersp on court as there werewe at the end of the secondsecon half. The game calls forfo agility, good lung capacity,ca muscular coordina coordination and quick reflexes.
Kabadd Kabaddi dates back to the pre-historicpre-his times, being used to wa ward off attacks by individual individuals and vice-versa. The gamegam was popular in southernsouther Asia and was played in different forms under diffe different names.
The fir first World Kabaddi Champions Championship (Circle Style) in the historyhisto of the game was organis organised in Hamilton, Canada, whenwh about 14,000 spectators gatheredga to watch stars from India, Pakistan, Canada, EnglandEngl and the US compete.
The first recognizedr World Cup in kabaddikaba as per Asian Amateur KabaddiKab Federation (AAKF) and OlympicO Council of Asia (OCA)(OC norms was organised in Mumbai, India, in 2004.