Kabaddi is more than a sport, it’s a way of life for some. No matter how tough the going gets and how many obstacles you face in your path, but you have to find a way to cross the line. That’s what Kabaddi teaches us, to stand against all odds. The rules of this game are simple. A single player from the offensive team also known as a ‘raider’ runs into the opposition’s half and tries to tag out as many defenders as possible without being tackled by any defender. The raider has to conduct his raid in a single attempt and finish it in a single breath. Points are scored for each player tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are tagged or tackled but can be “revived” for each point scored by their team from a tag or tackle.
Kabaddi is a sport that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu, it is believed to have derived its name from the words “kai pidi” meaning “hold hands” in Tamil. In the modern era, the game is played across India and many countries in South Asia since 1930. It has been officially declared the state game of 7 Indian states and is the national sport of Bangladesh. India has won every single edition of the World Cup across all formats. After 2004 and 2007, the World Cup became an annual event post-2010, where the circle style was introduced. Along with wrestling, Kabaddi is the most popular sports in the rural parts of India which are perhaps the reason why India has dominated this sport on the global scale for a very long time.
The foundation is laid by the coaches along with learning facilities and training infrastructures which have resulted in India’s success in this game. Kabaddi is practiced, taught and learned with a lot of dedication and intensity in India and is considered as a serious sport in rural India.
Rules & Norms
In international version of kabaddi, the dimensions of the court are 10m x 13m in case of men and for women, it is 8m x 12m. The duration of each half of the game is about 20 min and a half-time break of 5 min.
The raider is declared out :
If he/she crosses the boundary line
couldn’t hold the breath till return to their court.
a part of their body touches the lobby. It is excused if they managed to touch a member of the opponent team.
As the time passes and if a team manages to out every member of the opposing team then they are awarded 2 points for ‘All Out’ and the match continues once again from the beginning with all 7 players in each team. At the end of the game, after the time of 40 min elapses, the team with the most points is declared the WINNER.
The matches are categorized based on weight and age.
To supervise the match, 6 officials are required:
Two assistant scorers
Evolution of Kabaddi in India
Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) has commenced from 26 July 2014. It is a great moment in the history of Kabaddi. Pro Kabaddi League is set to take Kabaddi to new heights. Pro Kabaddi is a twelve-city league with games to be played on a caravan format with each team playing each other twice during the season. In a significant value addition to Kabaddi, these games will be carried life on prime time TV by the international broadcaster, Star Sports for millions to view across India and the world. This unique effort has the formal backing by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), the Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF) & the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI).
Kabaddi is not just a sport. It is a game native to India. It represents the soul of India. The interesting thing about Kabaddi is that no equipment is required to play this sport. You just need a small piece of land, draw the lines and you are ready to go. Kabaddi is a game of swiftness, intelligence, and physical power. Kabaddi needs to be revived among youth and Kabaddi teams and tournaments require more sponsors and support from the government side. It can also be considered to make Kabaddi as national game alongside hockey.