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2016 Kabaddi World Cup: 5 fascinating things about kabaddi you should know

The Indian team will be the favourites to win their third consecutive World Cup in Kabaddi
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The Kabaddi World Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the sport of Kabaddi. India will be hosting the 3rd edition of the tournament next month which will take place at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad, India.

The tournament will see 12 international teams from India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Kenya, Iran, England, USA, Thailand, Bangladesh, Poland and Argentina battling it out for the world title. India has been the winner of the first three editions of the World Cup and will be looking to add to their supremacy when they take to the mat on 7th October in their first game against South Korea.

But before the tournament begins, we look at some of the interesting facts about the Kabaddi World Cup:

#1 Origin

The sport was initially played in Tamil Nadu

The Kabaddi World Cup is one of the most famous events in the sport and is one of the most popular games in Asian countries. However, the sport is now being played by nations from every continent on the planet. But the origin of the sport goes back a long way. Kabaddi is said to be an ancient game whose name has been derived from the Tamil word “Kai Pidi” which implies “Hold Hands”.

The sport, generally, is a physical contact sport which is basically played in the mud or on a court between two teams. The ever so interesting fact about the sport is that the players in this game are all bulky, muscular and athletic. The fitness level of players is not measured by the distance they can run, rather they have to be quick in small spaces while also having the capability to run over the opposition through pure strength when required to.

It is also said that the sport was first played 4000 years ago. However, with time, the game has reached even the United States of America and parts of Europe.

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