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Kabaddi in India

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  • It is one of the most popular sports in India, played mainly among people in villages
  • India won the Kabaddi World Championship in 2007, beating Iran 29-19.

It is one of the most popular sports in India, played mainly among people in villages.It is regarded as a team-contact sport as a recreational form of combat training. Two teams occupy opposite halves of a small field and take turns sending a raider into the other half, in order to win points by tagging/wrestling members of the opposing team; the raider then tries to return to his own half while holding his breath and chanting "kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi" during the whole raid. India has taken part in four Asian Games in kabaddi, and won gold in all of them. There are 4 forms of kabaddi played in India are Amar, Suranjeevi, Huttuttoo, and Gaminee. Amar is generally played in Punjab, Haryana, America, Canada, and other parts of the world, mostly by Punjabi sportsmen. Suranjeevi is the most played form of kabaddi in India and the world. This is the form used in international matches generally and played in Asian Games. Huttuttoo was played by men in Maharashtra State.

India won the Kabaddi World Championship in 2007, beating Iran 29-19.

India is also the host to World's first Kabaddi League. The league follows the Formula 1 touring sports format and will be played across four continents starting from August to December 2014. It is the state game of Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India where a related game of Sadugudu is played, and Maharashtra in India. It is played by the British Army for fun, to keep fit and as an enticement to recruit soldiers from the British Asian community. The game is also played extensively in the small town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders, mainly in the local primary school playground, where it is favoured to more traditional childhood past-times such as 'British bulldogs' and 'Kiss, Cuddle and Torture'. 

India won the 2013 Kabaddi World Cup held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana (Punjab) India.

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