Kabaddi is a popular, contact sports played in teams that took birth in Tamil Nadu of India with it achieving the status of a state game in various Indian states. It is also the national game of Bangladesh. Subsequently, kabaddi has achieved a cult status when it comes to sports in South Asia. The main reason why the sport enjoys such popularity is because of its sheer simplicity. It is an easy to play, easy to watch sports that provides entertainment and excitement in equal proportions.
How to Play
The sport is played between two teams, each consisting of 7 players. The two teams are allotted the two halves of the sports field where one of the members called a raider is required to go into the other team’s half and has to tag members of the other team while chanting “kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi..” and return to his half of the field without being pinned down even once. This is the points are earned.
What makes the Sport different from Others
Kabaddi is primarily famous in South Asia. The format of the game is unique which makes it stand out among the myriad of games that are played across the world. It is a fun form of pastime that is especially popular among kids and adults alike. Long before it took status among the elite, kabaddi was thought to be a quaint, unsophisticated sports. The sport has now achieved massive popularity among the masses.
Kabaddi and Competition Games
As one of the most popular Indian sport, the country sees representation on various platforms. The most popular of all are Asian Games which host kabaddi along other sports. Indian team has a record of splendid performances since it has won all seven gold medals so far. Asia Kabaddi Cup is played among the players from all over Asia. Next up is Kabaddi World Cup where again India has come out with flying colors. Women’s World Cup is a counterpart of the men’s format of the game. Pro Kabaddi League is a kabaddi version of the Indian Premiere League which is based on cricket. Women’s Kabaddi Challenge is another one of the women tournaments that sees its format based on the Pro Kabaddi League. UK Kabaddi Cup and `World Kabaddi League again are tournaments where the players tussle with one another in order to win games.
All in all, Kabaddi is a sport to reckon with given its massive popularity in the South Asian countries. Players come from all kinds of places and aspire to play in various leagues so as to earn a name for their respective countries. So, no matter who you are, if this is something that excites you, make it a part of the list of things you wish to do. So, the next time the game is on, do not forget to root for your favorite team!