Kabaddi : Le Panga

 

Modern Kabaddi is known for its catchy catchphrase "Le Panga" and its frantic speed. However, when asked, the majority of us would have little idea of its early years. Let me first describe where Kabaddi is played today in terms of geography. 




It has established a footprint across the whole Indian subcontinent. Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu all play it as their state sport. It is Bangladesh's national sport. Iran has most lately become a part of the intense game. The origin of Kabaddi is a topic of ongoing debate, however, there are two main hypotheses.








The Sistan region, which is now a part of contemporary Iran, or the Tamil region of ancient India, according to these ideas, is where the game of Kabaddi is thought to have first been invented. The first theory's proponents assert that the ancient Tamil region, which primarily consists of Tamil Nadu and southern states, is where the game of Kabaddi originated. Through their sea trade, the Tamil empire brought this game to Southeast Asia. According to legend, the Tamil term "Kai-Pidi," which means "to hold hands," is where the word "Kabaddi" originated.

According to the game's history, Gautam Buddha and Lord Krishna both participated in the game as children. In addition, the Mahabharata describes Arjuna's ability to enter a room covertly, eliminate adversaries, and emerge unscathed—a skill that is fundamental to the Kabaddi game.



Circle Style Kabaddi and Standard Style Kabaddi are the two formats in which the game is played. Circle Style Kabaddi is primarily played in the states of Haryana and Punjab, whereas Standard Style Kabaddi is acknowledged and appreciated all over the world. Standard-style Kabaddi is played in every international competition. Traditionally, a court of 10 meters by 13 meters is divided into two teams of seven players each. There are 5 players on each team that is retained in reserve.

The fundamental guidelines for playing Kabaddi were formally established even before the Kabaddi Federation of India (KFI) was established in 1950. The Kabaddi World Cup, Asian Games, Asian Kabaddi Championship, and Kabaddi Masters are the most prestigious international competitions. It's a fairly easy game to learn and play, and it costs very little and doesn't require any special equipment or a large playing area.



The Pro Kabaddi League has helped Kabaddi rediscover its
 appeal in India. It has been successful for Pro Kabbadi League to revive what is said to be the game of ancient India. Double round-robin and playoff formats are used in the Pro Kabaddi League. Based on a similar business strategy as the well-known or infamous IPL, it was introduced in 2014.



It currently includes twelve teams from various states in the nation. The new season, which will include twelve teams competing for the ultimate championship, will start on December 22. It is anticipated to be the largest one yet. Every year, as technology advances, followers of all ages are drawn to the game's allure. The athletes and teams have won a number of titles thanks to their incredibly impressive performances. With their tackling strategies and raids, players like Manjeet Chillar, Rahul Chaudhary, Pardeep Narwal, and Deepak Hooda captivate us.


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