Kabaddi-The Emerging sport

Rohan Dev Verma


1 year ago

In this modern world we merely use/adapt traditional ways in our day to day life as they might be time and resource consuming. But recently a traditional sport has come into spotlights which act as a great source of entertainment for many.

Yes, you guessed it right, it’s Kabaddi. This sport was originated in India, in which two teams compete, each occupying its own half of the court. They take turns sending a "raider" into the opposing team's half and earn points if the raider manages to touch opposing team members and return to the home half, all while chanting word "kabaddi". However, if the raider is tackled and prevented from returning, the opposing team gets the point.

The game is known by its regional names in different parts of the subcontinent, such as Kabaddi or "Chedugudu" in Andhra Pradesh Kabaddi in Karnataka and Telangana, hadudu in Bangladesh, bhavatik in Maldives, kauddi or kabaddi in the Punjab region, Hu-Tu-Tu in Western India and Hu-Do-Do in Eastern India and chadakudu in south India.(ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabaddi)

I recently came to know that kabaddi has now become 2nd most watched sport in India (after cricket). It’s craze can easily be observed among citizens at various places, whether its the number of spectators enjoying it or the number of children preferring it as a recreation.

Let me share one of my experiences: My college is connected to the metro through a path which goes through a residential area and most of the time children can be found playing near it. Earlier while passing by I used to see them play cricket, but since the commencement of pro kabaddi(an Indian kabaddi league) I usually found them playing kabaddi. Now craze for the sport can easily be seen through this example. Their way of playing clearly reflects the passion for the sport, despite of having a proper court they build one using ropes.

I strongly feel that emergence of this sport has a lot to do with our psychology, as in this fast moving world no one has the time to sit and watch a complete game for hours, unlike other sports a game of kabaddi lasts 40min. So, in almost half an hour we get a huge chunk of entertainment and relaxation as well. However, in other sports like cricket we might not get this sort of entertainment in such short span of time.
Luckily, India has done quite well in kabaddi as they have won all the world cups conducted until now I am sure it’s future is also in bright hands.    

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