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Traditional Game of Kabaddi
Traditional Game of Kabaddi

Maniam PS
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The traditional game of Kabaddi. How much importance is given to this game in India.

Posted On : 04/13/09 1:30:58 AM

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Manpreet Bharara
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The game is essentially an Indian one, though there is no clear-cut evidence about its origin. The game of kabaddi is in existence for over 4000 years. The historian s surmise is that the game might have developed during prehistoric times when man was forced to defend himself from sudden attacks from ferocious beasts. They used to form groups of individuals and attack the animal. There is also another school of thought, more particularly, in India, which believes that the game might have emerged from the battle of Kurukshetra , a very absorbing episode exceptionally told in one of the famous Indian epics, Mahabharatha . It is in this historic battlefield, Lord Krishna, acting as a charioteer to Arjuna gave to this world one of the best magnum opus ever, The Bhagavat Gita . In that particular episode, Arjuna s son, Abhimanyu was engaged in a fierce battle with a set of 7 fighters. They skillfully defended themselves by instituting a difficult blockade called Chakravyuha It resembles a chariot wheel . Kabaddi is an outdoor team sport. It requires stamina, both mental and physical skills, extraordinary reflexes and exceptional eye-hand-leg coordination. It has a distinct flavor which resembles in some aspects that of both wresting and rugby. It is a game played throughout Asia with very minor changes and totally new to the other parts of the world. In a very short time that the game is played normally 40 minutes with a break of 5 or 10 minutes in the middle it exercises your whole body.

Posted On : 04/13/09 3:36:49 AM

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As one of the traditional sports of India, Kabaddi includes two teams who occupy opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a raider into the other half, in order to win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team. Although the game has not received that much fame and glory as cricket or tennis, still the amount of international exposure that this game has got is nonetheless important. During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, demonstrated by Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal, Amaravati, Maharashtra, Kabaddi was played. The game was introduced in the Indian Olympic Games at Calcutta in 1938. In 1950, the All India Kabaddi Federation came into existence. The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India AKFI was founded in the year 1973. After formation of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the first men s nationals were held in Madras now Chennai . The Asian Kabaddi Federation was founded under the chairmanship of Sharad Pawar. The game of Kabaddi was included for the first time in the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh participated. India won the gold medal and has won gold at the following three Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994, Bangkok in 1998 and Busan in 2002. India won the gold medal in the 2006 Asian Games at Doha as well. In the 1998 Asian games, the Indian Kabaddi team defeated Pakistan in the final match at Bangkok Thailand . India has remained the world champion since, Kabaddi was included in Asian Games and South Asian Federation games. In 2008, Sukhbir Singh Badal mooted a professional world kabbadi league with sponsorship to attract the best players and this league will be based in India with tournaments in Canada as well.

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Riya Sen
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The game of Kabaddi is played across the length and breadth of rural India. The game of Kabaddi is played across the length and breadth of rural India. This popularity can be ascribed to the simplicity of the game and the fact that it requires no sophisticated equipment. Since Kabaddi is an Indian game, India has been at the forefront of promoting the game at the international stage. India played a pivotal role in laying down standard rules and procedures for Kabaddi in the 1950s. The Indian Amateur Kabaddi Federation president Janardhan Singh Gehlot was instrumental in establishing the International Kabaddi Federation IKF in 2004 and he was elected the first president of IKF. India s efforts to popularize Kabaddi has paid rich dividends as the country has won all the Asian Games gold medals since the game was introduced in the 1990 Beijing Games.This popularity can be ascribed to the simplicity of the game and the fact that it requires no sophisticated equipment. Since Kabaddi is an Indian game, India has been at the forefront of promoting the game at the international stage. India played a pivotal role in laying down standard rules and procedures for Kabaddi in the 1950s. The Indian Amateur Kabaddi Federation president Janardhan Singh Gehlot was instrumental in establishing the International Kabaddi Federation IKF in 2004 and he was elected the first president of IKF. India s efforts to popularize Kabaddi has paid rich dividends as the country has won all the Asian Games gold medals since the game was introduced in the 1990 Beijing Games. Besides the senior nationals, the AKFI also conducts sub-junior and junior nationals and zonal competitions. The current AKFI president is Janardhan Singh Gehlot, who is also the president of the Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation and the International Kabaddi Federation.

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