How well do you know Kabaddi: 5 facts you should know
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By now, you should know that Kabaddi is such a huge hit in India and other countries in Asia. It is also played in countries like Italy, Spain, Argentina, Denmark, the USA, and Belgium. When the game was introduced, it instantly caught the attention of many players and game enthusiasts. In fact, the game was once referred to as “the game of masses” not only because of its popularity but also because of straightforward gameplay.
You probably experienced playing this game once in your life. Or perhaps you already know a lot of things about Kabaddi. So, let’s put that knowledge to a test. Here, we’ve jammed together some of the most interesting facts about this awesome game. Let’s find out how well do you Kabaddi.
The different names of Kabaddi
The origin of Kabaddi sports remains a mystery. Legend says it was originated over 4000 years ago. It was played by Buddha, and the princes to display their strength and win their brides. Like, the game itself, the origin of the name is also a mystery. No, one can tell for sure what this means and where the name came from. However, several speculations are surrounding its name. One of the most famous is that the name originated from the word kai-pidi, a Tamil language that means “to hold hands.”
This idea may or may not be true. But what is more interesting is that the Kabaddi game comes in many different names across India. For instance, in South India, Kabaddi is called Chedugudu. In the northern part of the country, the sport is referred to as Kaunda. In some parts of East India, people call the sport as Ha-Do-Do. Finally, people living in the Western part of the country call the sport HU-Tu-Tu.
Kabaddi at the Olympics
Kabaddi received international exposure in 1936 when the sport reaches Berlin Olympics. Unsurprisingly, it was India that introduced sports before the world. Two years after the sports are played in Olympics, Kabaddi was also demonstrated at the Indian National Games in Calcutta.
Different organizations about the sport sprouted then. In 1950, the All India Kabaddi Federation was established. The organization organizes the Senior National Championship since 1952. In 1972, the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) also came into existence. These two organizations have been responsible for organizing Kabaddi competitions within the country.
You can place a bet on the sports
Kabaddi tournament has always been one of the featured events every year in many online sportsbooks. Both local and international sportsbooks offer odds and predictions for all punters and sports enthusiasts.
To attract players, these sportsbooks offer rewarding bonuses that can help the player boost their bankroll. For instance, international gaming sites match and double the first deposit of new players. This allows their members to stay in the game much longer. Many sites also offer no deposit bonuses. This is like a free credit that can be claimed without the need of depositing any amount to their account.
Team India dominate the sports
Indian national team currently ruling the sport in the International scene for both men and women division. Team India has received the most title in different Kabaddi world cups so far. They have always been at the top of the table for all the Asian Games to date except in the 2018 Asian Games. Also, the team has won the gold medals in all Kabaddi World Cup tournaments except the last year’s world cup. Team India also was hailed as the winner of the recent Asian Kabaddi Championship in 2017.
The second most-anticipated sport in India
This is no-brainier as Kabaddi enjoys extreme popularity in India. In 2014, the sports gather 435 million viewers surpassing the world cups. Despite the sports stardom, India’s premier cricket league remains to be at the top position for the most-watched sports in the country.