The Origin of Kabaddi
The sport has a long History dating back to pre-
historic times. It was probably invented to ward
group attacks by individuals and vice versa. The
game was very popular in the southern part of
played in its different forms and different names.
dramatised version of the great Indian epic, the
Mahabharata, has made an analogy of the game to
a tight situation faced by Abhimanyu, the heir
Panadava kings when he is surrounded on all sides
by the enemy. Buddhist literature speaks of the
Gautam Buddha playing Kabaddi for recreation.
History also reveals that princes of yore played
Kabaddi to display their strength and win their
Amar literally means invincible. This is a form
Kabaddi, which is played based on points scored
both sides. The play field has no specific measurements
and 9 to 11 players constitute each of the teams.
this form of Kabaddi, there is no out and revival
or Lona but time is the deciding factor. The main
advantage of this form of the game is that the
remain in the court throughout the match and are
to give their best performance.
This form of Kabaddi is played with nine players
each side, in a play field of no specific measurements.
The principle characteristic of this form of Kabaddi
that a player who is pit out has to remain out
his team members are put out. The team that is
successful in putting out all the players of its
side secure a point. This is similar to the present
of Lona. After all the players are put out, the
revived and the game continues. The game continues
until five or seven Lona are secured. The game
fixed time. The main disadvantage of this form
Kabaddi is that the player is not in position
to give the
best performance since he is likely to remain
out for the
better part of the match until a Lona is scored.
This form of Kabaddi is the closest to the present
game. In this form of Kabaddi, players are put
revived and the game last for 40 minutes with
minute break in between. The team consists of
players on each side. The team that pouts out
players on the opponent’s side scores for
for a Lona.
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The wining team is the one that scores the maximum
number of points at the end of the 40 minutes.
play field is bigger in this form of Kabaddi and
was different in various regions. Modern Kabaddi
resembles this form of Kabaddi a great deal especially
with regard to out and revival system and Lona,
present form of Kabaddi is a synthesis of all
of Kabaddi with a good number of changes in the