The game Kabaddi was invented 4000 years ago in early India. The name Kabaddi comes from the word Kar-Badhi “which means “Holding Hands” translated from Skanskirt. Since then, there have been competitions all over the world. There are three different kinds of the sport, Sanjeevani, Gaminee and Amar. This explanation is referring to the version, Amar.
It is played with 7 players on each team, there are 4 defenders and 1 raider at a time. The defenders have to stay inside the rectangle whilst linked together while the raider from the other team goes through the gateway towards them. The main purpose is for the raider to go through the gateway and there, they have 30 seconds to tag a defender on the other team then the defender that has been tug has to try, tackle the raider to the ground and hold them down till the 30 seconds is up. The raider can still try to get up and get their whole body through the gateway.
The 30 seconds rule only came in during 1994, before that the raider had to say “Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi….” until the raider ran out of breath, the defender could hold them down. You only need something for the outline and gateway, other than that, there is no other equipment needed. The raider can earn points by getting back through the gateway before the 30 seconds is up, their entire body has to get through. The defenders can get points by holding the raider until the 30 seconds is up. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.
Kabaddi is played on either grass or on an athletic padded court. Kabaddi for me is a mix between wrestling, time trial and touch The Kabaddi World Cup has been going for many years and will hopefully last for the many more. It is an enjoyable game and I think people all around the world will agree.