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24/365 – Kabbadi

Kabaddi s a South Asian team sport.

Two teams, occupy opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a “raider” into the other half, in order to win points by tackling members of the opposing team; the raider then tries to return to his own half, holding his breath and chanting “kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi” during the whole raid.

It is the national game of Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh and the state game of Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh

National Teams

There are 31 Member nations. 3 from America, 19 from Asia, 8 from Europe and 1 from Oceania. Vietnam has a kabaddi team but is non member of International Kabaddi Federation. Vietnam participated in 2009 Asian Indoor Games as host nation. Though host People’s Republic of China did not enter competition in 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games they have participated in 1990 Beijing Asian Games. Thus along with Vietnam, People’s Republic of China becomes second nation which is a non-member but has played a major tournament of Kabaddi. So there are 33 national teams in all who have participated in International Kabaddi events. 8 women’s national teams played in 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou in People’s Republic of China

Kabaddi World Cup

Kabaddi World cup was first played in 2004 and then in 2007 and 2010. So far India is the unbeaten champion in Kabaddi World Cup. Iran is the next most successful nation being twice runner-up. Pakistan was the runner-up in 2010.

Results of Kabaddi World Cup to date:
Year: 2010
Winner: India
Runner: Pakistan

Year: 2007
Winner: India
Runner: Iran

Year: 2004
Winner: India
Runner: Iran

2004 World Kabaddi Cup semi final

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabaddi

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