Kabaddi is basically a combative two team sport, with four players on each side; it is played for a period of either 15 or 20 minutes with a 5 minutes break.
The core idea of the game is to score points by raiding into the opponent's court and touching, tagging or wrestling as many defence players as possible without getting caught while holding their breath.
The raider must then return to his half of the court on the same breath. The defenders would have formed a chain for example by linking arms, if this is broken then a member of that team is sent off.
If the raider runs out of breath then they are sent off. Every time a player goes out the opposition gain a point. The team with the most points will be declared the winner.
The name, sometimes chanted during a game, derives from a Hindi word meaning "holding of breath", which is a part of the game.
Kabaddi was incorporated into the Asian Games in 1990, the Asian Indoor Games in 2007 and the Asian Beach Games in 2008.
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Kabaddi (sometimes written Kabbadi or Kabadi) is a team sport originally from the Indian subcontinent. It is popular throughout South Asia, and has also spread to Southeast Asia, Japan and Iran. It is the national game of Bangladesh, and the state game of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra in India.
It is played by the British Army for fun, to keep fit and as an enticement to recruit soldiers from the British Asian community. The name, often chanted during a game, derives from a Hindi word meaning "holding of breath", a crucial aspect of play.
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