Kabaddi

Kabaddi is a traditional Indian sport. The game of physical contact is made by seven players in each team. There is a difference in the size of the field to the category of men and women. Men's Kabaddi is played in a field measuring 10 x 13m, while the women's kabaddi is 8 x 12m. This sport began to be played in the XI Asian Games in Beijing 1990. India has always been a champion in men and women categories.

Kabaddi is basically a combative two team sport, with four players on each side; it is played for a period of either 15 or 20 minutes with a 5 minutes break.

The core idea of the game is to score points by raiding into the opponent's court and touching, tagging or wrestling as many defence players as possible without getting caught while holding their breath.

The raider must then return to his half of the court on the same breath. The defenders would have formed a chain for example by linking arms, if this is broken then a member of that team is sent off.

If the raider runs out of breath then they are sent off. Every time a player goes out the opposition gain a point. The team with the most points will be declared the winner.

The name, sometimes chanted during a game, derives from a Hindi word meaning "holding of breath", which is a part of the game.

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