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.


How is kabaddi in each particular areas? (Part 2)


At the North Asian games held in 1900, India won the Gold Medal while Pakistan took third place.

In the next version, Pakistan was defeated by India 42-20 in the group stage.

The 1998 version in Bangkok saw India win with a 17-9 victory over their traditional rivals.

At the Busan Asian Games, the Indian champion won with a score of 37-7 before the Pakistani winner.

The 2006 edition of the Asian Games, India far surpassed Pakistan 35-23 to once again be the champions.

The Indian champion won a third Pakistani team in the 2010 Asian Games.

Pakistan once again placed its claim on a bronze medal while India laid its hands on coveted gold in its first consecutive appearance in the Olympic Games.

During the 2010 South Asian Games, the last game saw a fierce Indian-Pakistan rematch, where India finally emerged victorious.


India has won every single version of the Circle Style World Cup, with Pakistan claiming silver four times.

Pakistan’s Arch rivals were defeated by India in a successive final: 58-24 in 2010, 59-25 in 2012, 48-39 in 2013 and 45-42 in 2014.

The 2014 fight was a tightly organized match, but the crime of playing badly against the champions finally caught the attention of the world. Given the allegations of biased marring gameplay, the 2014 games are still one of the most controversial in recent sports history.

Star Sports’s unique initiative – Star Sports Pro Kabaddi – brought players from Pakistan to partner with Indians at the tournament. Two Pakistani players – Waseem Sajjad and Nasir Ali – were registered by Patna Pirates for Pro Kabaddi’s 2015 season. Waseem Sajjad is also part of the 2014 edition, while Nasir Ali is included in the second season.


So much so that the Kabaddi World Cup is a much-anticipated sporting event in the world stage now. Founded in 2004, the World Cup hosted four successful editions. With consecutive championships in Mumbai, Panvel and Ahmedabad, the 2019 event will be the first to appear abroad in Dubai.

International Kabaddi Federation Chairman Janardan Singh Gehlot called the move to Dubai an aim to make the sport more global while incorporating diversity into its world.


How is kabaddi in each particular area? (Part 1)


Typically a sport of Indian origin, Kabaddi has a presence across the entire length and width of the country. And although professionally, this sport has become popular in recent times, it does not lose the fact that the sport has been brought to world glory with an Indian connection. .

The international exposure the sport received during the 1936 Olympics was allowed courtesy Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal from Amaravati in Maharashtra. The game was introduced during the Indian Olympic Games in Calcutta in 1938.

The All-India Kabaddi Federation was established in 1950 while the Indian Kabaddi Federation (AKFI) was established in 1973. Under the auspices of AKFI, this sport has been included in the framework of several Official rules. The first male citizens were held in Madras (renamed Chennai) after the establishment of AKFI.

It was an Indian Sundar Ram, who introduced and popularized the game in Japan, when he visited the country in 1979 on behalf of the Kabaddi Asian Amateur Federation for two months to introduce the game there.


Bangladesh and India also had their first confrontation at Kabaddi competition in 1979. Incidentally, Kabaddi is now the national sport of Bangladesh, where a variation of a game called ha-du-du is very popular. Without any certain rules, du-du-du is played differently in different regions of the country.

1980 saw the first Asian Kabaddi Championship held, where India emerged as the champion, beating Bangladesh in the final. Other countries participating in the tournament are Nepal, Malaysia and Japan.

The game was included for the first time in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, where seven teams participated. Now it is played nationally and internationally around the world.

India has also been the champion in the three World Cups held so far.


In any form of sport, the Indian-Pakistani rivalry always produces great anticipation. And especially in a game of Kabaddi, originating from both countries, it is clear that the expectation and affection suddenly rise.

With a record 100% against Pakistan, India is undoubtedly the most admired opponent in the case of the game against its rivals. Victims of all eight games of the Asian Games and in the five games of the Round Style continue to create India’s supremacy over rivals in this sport.


Everything you need to know about Kabaddi (Part 3)


Player 7 sweats in the 40 minute game, with one player being revived against an opponent who plays.


Same with player 7, but the only difference that the player out remained remained until all his team members were eliminated.


Also known as kauddi, Punjabi Kabaddi is a version of the game that has distinct regional variations but with a common connection played on a circular pitch of 22 diameter.


Sanjeevani’s way with the same time frame but with the rule change when the eliminated player is still in the playing field.


Kabaddi is a versatile game in which it can be played under variations and in different settings. At the same time, the flexibility of the rules allows for better gameplay adjustments. Accordingly, international competitions including sports have also been launched in many games.


Conducted by the International Kabaddi Federation, the Kabaddi World Cup (standard style) is an outdoor international competition played by both male and female teams.

Originating from India and governed by the Punjab State Government, the Kabaddi World Cup circle is a standard style game in that it is an indoor tournament.


Since debuting at Asian games in 1990, Kabaddi has had a strong presence and witnessed tremendous madness afterwards.


Founded in 2014 with participating teams owned by famous and similar people, this Kabaddi tournament has been extremely popular among the Indian masses.


The Pakistan Parallels of Pro Kabaddi Indian Federation.


Kabaddi Pro Federation in India for women.


The second professional Kabaddi tournament in India.

In addition, there are the Kabaddi Asian Championships and the Kabaddi Masters as well as a host of other national competitions celebrating the sport.

Kabaddi as a sport has grown tremendously over the years. With the special style and the rules of the game all incorporated in the modern version of this sport, the game has evolved into a game that has a wider scope and generated greater interest.