Basics about kabaddi – the traditional sport of India

Kabaddi is derived from an Indian folk game, each match will have 14 participants and is divided into two teams.

The goal of each team is to score points by attacking the opponent’s court and touching as many opponents as possible without being caught while the 7 opponents try to capture the attacker.

A common point when we watch a Kabaddi match is the attacker always chants kabaddi, kabaddi when attacking to the opponent’s court and trying to touch the enemy closest to us.

From an Indian folk game, kabaddi has been introduced to South Asian countries since the 1930s and transformed into modern kabaddi. Here, this fascinating sport is developed into two branches, indoor kabaddi and beach kabaddi.

Indoor Kabaddi is played on the carpet with each team of 7 players: 5 official players and 2 reserve players. Playground size 11×9 m. For kabaddi in the house, there is no barrier (baulk line) or bonus line (bonus line). Game time is 2 periods, 15 minutes each with 5 minutes halftime in between.

Each effective attack lasts only 30 seconds and if the attacker returns without scoring, the defending team will gain 1 point. Indoor Kabaddi does not apply the rules of the player to the field and return to the court as in normal Kabaddi.

Kabaddi beach is played on sand, outdoors with 6 people each including 4 official players and 2 reserve athletes. 11 x 7m playground for men and 10 x 6m for women are divided into two equal halves. Each match has two halves, 15 minutes each and 5 minutes halftime.

Kabaddi on beach is more popular than kabaddi in the yard because it is easy to play, attractive and does not require equipment.

Kabaddi has been included in the competition of the South Asian League since 1984 in Dacca, Bangladesh. Kabaddi was included in the 11th Asian Games in Beijing in 1980, Hirosima in 1984, Bangkok in 1998, Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006 as a normal sport.