Kabaddi - the rules and the game

Watching a game called kabaddi, the uninitiated might think they had entered a madhouse. There are men or women running around the field trying to pummel each other, and some of them are chanting the word "Kabaddi!" to the point of exhaustion.

Historical note

PKL betting is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable. It is the oldest game in Asia, originating in India over four thousand years ago. The first mention of it can be found in Mahabharata, the ancient Indian mythology. Exactly who invented the game, we do not know, but we know that it was not always just entertainment. It was originally used to train the strength and endurance needed for work and daily life, as well as for self-defense.

By 1918 kabaddi had become the national team game in India. But unified rules were developed and approved much later, after 1923. The popularity of the game became enormous, and in 1990 it was included in the program of the Asian Games, debuting for the first time in Beijing.

Since 2014 a new wave of development of the game began. This was associated with the formation of the first professional league called "Pro Kabaddi League". Today it includes eight teams. The initiators of the league were businessmen who saw the potential in it. They recruited players at an auction, and literally within a couple of days the national teams were formed. More than $4 million was paid.

Monetary investment in the development of the game made it even more famous, and also had a little effect on its rules. So, if before the players went to the field with a bare chest, but now the form is obligatory. Sure, because it displays promotional information and sponsor logos.

Kabaddi rules

It's quite simple: 2 teams, each consisting of 7 people, meet on a square-shaped court, which can be either outdoors or indoors. The game consists of two halves of 20 minutes each. Opponents are placed on opposite sides of the field, and take turns directing a player to the opponents' half. He runs, touches their players and comes back. Points are awarded for each player on the opposing team that is touched, and those players leave the field. But this happens on one condition: the athlete returned safely to his half of the site. The opponents, however, do their best to prevent him. If the runner does not reach his territory, he does not bring points to the national team.

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