India is one of the most diverse countries with different cultures, religions and sports. There are many sports that have been originated from India. Hockey is the national sport of India and is played with dedication in the country. Hockey is also included in international events like the Olympiads. And cricket is the most popular sport in India which attracts a lot of people in the country.
Kabaddi League in India is helping kabaddi to get popularized in India
In this country, sports like kabaddi and chess have been originated in ancient times. And now both of these games have worldwide popularity. It is said that both of these games come from an era of the Mahabharata. It is also written that both of these games were played by Lord Krishna and the five Pandavas. Kabaddi is a game of strength and flexibility. In recent time, the rules for the game have been altered a little. Also kabaddi has originated from a Tamil word kavidi which means playing with half of the body bending. Kabaddi is also the national sport of Bangladesh and also the state sports of many states in India like Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Maharashtra.
Kabaddi rules are a synthesis of forms played around in northern and southern parts of India. The rules were standardised in 1915 to 1920, which were somehow similar to another form played in Maharashtra. Kabaddi got its international exposure in 1936 during the Berlin Olympics held in India. Also, as a matter of fact, the All India Kabaddi Federation came into existence in 1950 where all the rules were reviewed once again. It was popularised in Japan in 1979 by Sunder Ram of India.
The basic rules of the sport are very simple – one player from the team has to go into the zone of the second team and has to make contact with any of the player and come back without being defended which would fetch one point to the offending team. One could touch more than one player and similarly could fetch more points.
Also the defending team could block and resist the player going out of the zone which would give one point to the defending team and the player who gets defended is out till he’s revived with one more point. After every all-out, the whole team is back on the court giving away a large number of points.
But in the past few years it has been forgotten and neglected due to popularity of other sports like cricket and football. And this is the reason the Pro Kabaddi League has been introduced in India just like the IPL and ISL. In Pro Kabbadi League, international players are auctioned and the teams are made.
Another reason for popularity of the league is the celebrity side to it. A lot of celebrities like Abhishek Bachan and Kishore Biyani are the proud owners of Jaipur Pink Panthers and Bengal Warriors respectively. It has gained a lot of popularity since the first season was introduced in 2014 where Jaipur Pink Panthers won the title. Many overseas players also take part in the tournament.
Indian players, that were not very popular earlier, now has a huge fan following. The league got high response from the audience and hence it took place twice this year which has happened with any domestic leagues in India. And due to it the sport itself has again received the love from the country.
There are many sponsors who are ready to invest in the Pro Kabbadi League. Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd. has changed the face of kabaddi in India and their vision of popularising the sport is finally turning into reality. Hence, kabaddi has equivalent popularity to other sports in India, keeping India’s ancient sports alive.