Kabaddi is a contact sport that originated in early India. It is the national game of Bangladesh and Nepal and also the state game of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Punjab. India is the most successful team on the world stage, having won every world cup and Asian Games titles so far. Kabaddi originated in Tamil Nadu in South India during the pre-historic times and the word Kabaddi is derived from Tamil word கை-பிடி meaning holding hands. Modern Kabaddi is a synthesis of the game played in various forms under different names.
In the international team version of kabaddi, two teams of seven members each occupy opposite halves of a field of 10 m × 13 m in case of men and 8 m × 12 m in case of women. Each has three supplementary players held in reserve. The game is played with 20-minute halves and a five-minute halftime break during which the teams exchange sides.
The teams take turns sending a “raider” into the other half. To win a point, the raider must take a breath, run into the opposing half, tag one or more members of the opposite team, then return to his home half before inhaling again. The raider will chant “kabaddi, kabaddi” with his exhaling breath to show the referee he has not inhaled. The raider will be declared “out” and will not gain the point if he inhales before returning to his side, or returns without touching an opponent. The tagged defender(s) will be “out” if they do not succeed in catching the raider who tagged them. Wrestling the raider to the ground can prevent him escaping before he needs to inhale.
We had the annual Kabbadi Competition this past Saturday at Miri Piri Academy. For the girls the winners were Gold House, then Silver House on second place, White House on third and Blue House on fourth, and for the boys, Gold House got the first place as well, White House second, Silver House third and Blue House fourth. It was a very exciting day. The students played with such passionate and energy. It was quite amazing to watch them!