Overview of kabaddi – the unique folk game in India

When I first saw kabaddi, many people would be surprised by its strangeness. It seems like a match but mixed in with the nature of a game.

On a rectangular yard, about 100m2 wide is divided into two equal parts, separated by lines in the middle of the yard. Each team on one side. A player of this team enters through the opposing court and touches one or more opposing players and then runs quickly to his team’s court.

In the opposite direction, the touched players immediately surround and arrest, not giving the opposing player a chance to return to the home field. The attacking player only has 30 seconds to touch the defending team and then withdraw, otherwise he will lose. The two sides keep alternating between attack and defense.

In kabaddi, the “single-handedly” to the opponent’s yard to touch them and find a way to run back. not being captured in addition to superior physical strength also requires mischief to create surprises, clever handling to not fall into the opponent’s control.

Of course, the defensive players also have pieces of coordination, sealing the entrance, or setting up bait to lure the attacking player into the net. It must be a battle of wits and constant transformation of the two sides, not merely a show of physical strength.

Kabaddi is a folk game of India, introduced to the countries of South Asia in the 1930s and transformed into modern kabaddi. Currently there are indoor kabaddi and beach kabaddi. Kabaddi in the indoor stadium on the soft carpet with each team of 7 people, 5 official and 2 in reserve.

Kabaddi beach playing on the sand, outdoors with 6 people on each side including 4 official and 2 in reserve. Each match in kabaddi has 2 halves, 15 minutes each and 5 minutes halftime. Kabaddi was present at Asiad 1998 and became a major competitor at Asian Indoor Games 2 held in Macao in 2007.