India’s home sport
Kabaddi is a sport which is given by India to the world. It is a rather simple and inexpensive game, and neither requires a large playing area, nor any expensive equipment to play with. This is the one of the major reasons why kabaddi became a popular sport in rural India especially, initially as a recreational sport.
Origin of kabaddi
The breathless chant of ‘kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi..’ and the sheer physical and mental strength that this sport requires has its origin in India. Ever since its origin, Indian kabaddi has been successful in spreading the sport through its generations and also in the world making it an internationally accepted sport.
A lot of history is behind the reason of Indian kabaddi being most successful at the world stage. Kabaddi received international exposure during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, demonstrated by Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal, Amravati, Maharashtra.
The game was introduced in the Indian National Games at Kolkata in 1938. In 1950 the All India Kabaddi Federation came into existence and compiled standard rules for the game. The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) was founded in 1973.
After formation of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the first men's nationals tournament was held in Chennai, while the women's tournament was held in Kolkata in 1955.The AKFI has given new shape to the rules and has the right to modify them. The Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF) was founded under the chairmanship of Mr. Janardan Singh Gehlot.
Success of Pro Kabaddi League
Indian Kabaddi players had got great exposure this year in the lead-up to the Asian Games 2014 through the introduction of the franchise-based Pro-Kabaddi league. The captain of the Indian national Kabaddi team, Rakesh Kumar claimed that the league had definitely improved the movement of players during the match which is vital for the game.
The Pro-Kabaddi League also helped promote the game on a large scale and provide the Indian team players with experience to play with and against the other renowned kabaddi players around the world.
Indian Kabaddi team is the most successful and dominant team at the world level. This can be seen from the list of achievements of the Indian team in world Kabaddi competitions
List of achievements of the Indian men’s kabaddi team
Gold medal 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Gold medal 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014
Asian Indoor Games
Gold medal 2007 and 2009
Gold medal 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2010
List of Achievements of the Indian women’s kabaddi team
Gold medal 2012 and 2013
Gold medal 2010 and 2014