Interesting facts about Kabaddi – the national sport of Bangladesh

Kabaddi, or Kabadi, as it is also pronounced, is a team game quite popular in South Asia, and is also declared as the national game of Bangladesh in the year 1972. The game is widely played across Bangladesh and also very popular in India and other countries in the region.

While the origins of this interesting team sport are not clearly known, some attribute this sport to the ancient epic battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata, where Abhimanyu tried to use the techniques to break-free from the attack over him by a group of opponents.

The game is only very popular in the rural areas of Bangladesh and India, but also played across a number of countries in South Asia. Competitive games are held annually at the Asian level and India emerged as the world champion in this interesting sport.

What is Kabaddi?

Kabaddi is a team game. Two teams, comprising seven members in each team, compete in a field having dimensions of 12.5 meters x 10 meters. The field is divided into two equal halves and the members of the two teams occupy the two halves of the field. In this turn-based game, one player from a team is sent as a “raider” to the opponent’s field to win points by wrestling or tagging the players of the opponent team and then return back to the home holding the breath during the entire process of raiding and returning back to the home field.

The tagged or wrestled members of the opponent team during a raid by a player to the opponent’s area are considered out and need to sit out. If the opponent’s raider comes to raid and gets points, then the person sitting out will come back to play.

The game is decided on points played over a stipulated time of 20 minutes per session and a break of 5 minutes between the sessions.

Kabaddi is a competitive game which calls for the unique skills of holding breath during raids, penetration into the opponent’s field and also dodging skills to come back to the home field after successful raiding.