Kabaddi sports: National sports of Bangladesh & also an ancient sports of Indian subcontinent
Kabaddi sports is the national sports of Bangladesh. Not only it national sports but also its an ancient sports of Indian subcontinent.It is a contact team sport. It is popular in South Asia and is the state game of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana,Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab
and Telanga. Its known by its regional names in different parts of the Indian subcontinent, such as Kabaddi or Chedugudu in Andhra
Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana, Hadudu in Bangladesh, Bhavatik in Maldives,
Kauddi or Kabaddi in the Punjab region, Hu-Tu-Tu in Western India and Hu-Do-Do in Eastern India and chadakudu in South India.
It originated in ancient Tamil region, which is predominantly present day Tamil Nadu and parts of other South Indian states. Tamil empire spread this game to South East Asia during their sea trade. The word Kabaddi might have been derived from the Tamil word “kai-pidi” meaning “to hold hands”.
It received international exposure during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, demonstrated by India.
According to Banglapedia, Ha-Du-Du rename Kabaddi and declared national sports of Bangladesh in 1972.
The basic rules are very simple. Two teams of seven players each face off in a large square field for two halves of twenty minutes each.
Players from each team take turns running across the center line to the other team’s half of the court, tagging members of the other team, and running back. The more opposing team members they tag, the more points they score, but if the opposing team can physically prevent them from crossing back to their side of the court, they score no point.