Kabbadi in India


Kabbadi is team sport which is played between two teams consisting seven players each. Kabbadi originated in India and hence it is a game that is predominantly played in India and some parts of Asia. It is a sport that does not involve any sports equipment like a bat or a ball but rather involves full physical contact between the players. Though it is the national sport of Bangladesh, kabbadi is a sport which is widely played in many parts of India as their primary sport after it gained it’s popularity in the 20th century. It is the state game of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.India takes the credit of popularising kabbadi to the world when it first organized the kabbadi competiton during the 1920’s and thereby adding it to the list of sports in the year 1938 which were a part of the Indian Olympic Games. After which the all India kabbai federation was set up in the year 1950 with kabbadi entering the Asian games in the year 1990 when kabbadi was demonstrated in the 1982 Asian games which was held in Delhi, India. The first Kabaddi World Cup was held in Mumbai in the year 2004 where national teams from Asia, Europe, and North America took part. India is the reigning champions of the Kabbadi world cup titles which was last held in the year 2016. India remains unbeaten throughout all the tournaments. The Indian kabbadi team has also won the Gold medal at the Asian Games in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The first Women’s kabbadi world cup was held in the year 2012 and the women’s kabbadi team of India have also been the reigning champions of the kabbadi world cup since then. Anupam Goswami, the league commissioner of the Pro Kabbadi league said that “Given our cultural diversity and sensibility, there was clearly room for an indigenous sport. We wanted to grow one and make it not just comparable to others, but to turn it into a world class model sport” but now kabbadi is not just a sport which has garnered the attention of the world but has also become a big time sport like football and cricket with hundreds of sponsors and celebrity attention.

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