You know when you used to chase kids around in the playground at school thinking it was the coolest game in the world? Well in India, the humble game of chase has been taken to a new level and it’s a serious sport. Kabaddi is like tag or chase but on steroids. When we say a new level, Indians have been playing this game for centuries but it’s new to most of us.
So what is Kabaddi?
Kabaddi is a team game with 7 players on each side. The object of the game is to perform raids on your opponent court without being trapped. Here’s how the attacking team start. One player from the attack team starts on the centre line of a court that looks something like a tennis court and begins saying the word “kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi” over and over without any break. Yes, seriously, part of this sport involves having the stamina to be able to run, chant “kabaddi” and not breathe. The attacking raider will then run into the opposing court and try and touch players without losing his breath. The number of players he touches is the number of points he gets for that raid but he needs to make it back to his side of the court. The defending team will try and catch the raider and wrestle him to the ground, forcing him to inhale before he can get back to his own side of the court.
The game lasts 40 breathless minutes with a 5 minute interval, perfect for the school lunch break right? If Kabaddi doesn’t catch on in the west then all it means is that Candy Crush and Farmville have made a whole generation soft. Kids should be playing Kabaddi at every opportunity!
So yeah, it’s kinda strange but pretty badass. There are more rules which are easy to find online. The above is just a brief summary so that you’ll have a rough idea of what’s going on in the video… Enjoy!