The Game of the Masses

Kabaddi is a popular ru­ral sport and is fol­lowed by the masses all over South Asia.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By J. En­ver The writer­write has an in­ter­est in re­gion­al­re­gion is­sues.

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.

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