Kabaddi, a Traditional Sport from India that is Started to Recognize in the World. For many people, the term Kabaddi probably sounds weird and strange. Moreover, it is when someone says that Kabaddi is one of the sports events. It is reasonable since the name refers to a traditional sport from India that has been known and played even from 4000 years ago. Interestingly, the sport is not only played in India but also other countries in the region of South Asia including Nepal and Bangladesh.
At the Asian level, Kabaddi was included several times in Asian Games including Asian Games 1990 and 2018. Sure, for people in Asian countries themselves, the name is still not familiar to them. So, are you interested to know more about this unique sport? Here it is.
The Rule to Play Kabaddi
In the Asian Game, Kabaddi was played in a field with a size of 10×13 meters for men or 8×12 for women. The field is separated into two by a line. There are two teams that are placed on every part of the field. Each team consists of 7 people, 3 of them are substitute players. Kabaddi is played in 20 minutes in two sessions. There is also a time-off of 5 minutes between the two sessions.
How to play it? The game is started by every team sending a player in the opponent area in turns. That one player who “attacks” the opponent is namely the raider. A raider has a role to touch one of the opponents to get a point. However, if the raider is caught by the opponent, the point is given by the survival team. After successfully touching the opponent, the raider must go back to his or her area as fast as possible. Before that, he or she must hold the breath while uttering the word Kabaddi three times. Well, it is very unique, isn’t it?
On the other hand, the survival team must hold the raider with a wrestling technique and then drop him or her down on the floor. At the same time, there is a risk for the survival team if the member only touches the raider without the wrestling system. The touching member must stop playing and go out of the field. So, although the game sounds easy, it still needs techniques. That’s why; every team must have its own strategies to ease them into winning the game.
Kabaddi for Indian People
Since it is a traditional game that is known since so many years ago, Kabaddi is definitely very popular in India. The popularity is even not going down even after other international sports coming in like cricket and soccer. Despite being a people’s sport, Kabaddi is also played professionally by professional teams. There is a professional league in India with at least 8 teams included every season. Internationally, the sport is probably still not as popular as other sports. However, it actually started to be recognized some years ago.