Kabaddi is a contact team sport that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Kabaddi is derived from Kannada word kaihidi which means to hold hands. Two teams compete, each occupying its own half of the court. They take turns sending a “raider” into the opposing team’s half and earn points if the raider manages to touch opposing team members and return to the home half, all while chanting word “kabaddi”. However, if the raider is tackled and prevented from returning, the opposing team gets the point
History of Kabaddi in India
The game received international exposure when it was demonstrated by an Amravati-based sports organization at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and it was included as an event in the Indian Olympic Games held in Calcutta (now Kolkata) two years later. Following its formation in 1950, the Kabaddi Federation of India organized national championships for men beginning in 1952 and for women beginning in 1955.
In the late 20th century the popularity of organized kabaddi began to expand beyond India’s borders, in part through the efforts of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, formed in 1972. That same year kabaddi was designated the national game of Bangladesh. With the establishment in 1978 of the Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation, a regional championship was organized, and national kabaddi teams began to compete in the Asian Games in 1990.The first Women’s Kabaddi World Cup was held in Patna, India in 2012. India won the championship, defeating Iran in the finals.
The Pro-Kabaddi League is a franchise-based professional kabaddi league in India. PKL is definitely good for promoting Kabaddi Sports and to help energies sport among the youth. India won Gold medals Asian Games in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010.and 2014. India has won Four Kabaddi World Cups till now(3 Men’s & 1 Women’s). The International Kabaddi Federation is the international governing body of Kabaddi.