Team Birmingham Kabaddi Club

Kabaddi originated in Tamil Nadu in South India during the pre-historic times and the word Kabaddi is derived from Tamil word கை-பிடி meaning holding hands. Modern Kabaddi is a synthesis of the game played in various forms under different names.[2] Kabaddi received international exposure during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, demonstrated by India. The game was introduced in the Indian National Games at Calcutta in 1938. In 1950 the All India Kabaddi Federation (AIKF) came into existence and framed the rules. The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) was founded in 1973 and the first nationals for men were held in Chennai.

Kabaddi was introduced and popularized in Japan in 1979 by Sundar Ram of India who toured Japan on behalf of Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation for two months to introduce the game. In 1979, matches between Bangladesh and India was held across India. The first Asian Kabaddi Championship was held in 1980 and India emerged as champion beating Bangladesh. The other teams in the tournament were Nepal,Malaysia and Japan. The game was included for the first time in the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 where 7 teams took part. India won the gold medal and has also won gold at the subsequent seven Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994, Bangkok in 1998, Busan in 2002, Doha in 2006, Guangzhou in 2010 and Incheon in 2014.

International Kabaddi - In the international team version of kabaddi, two teams of seven members each occupy opposite halves of a field of 10 m × 13 m in case of men and 8 m × 12 m in case of women.[4] Each has three supplementary players held in reserve. The game is played with 20-minute halves and a five-minute halftime break during which the teams exchange sides.

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