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It's Kabaddi Time!!

‘Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi’
One of the oldest games in history, it is quite a popular game in India. A fun yet intense contact sport, it is also used as a recreational form of combat training. To be able to hold your breath and chant ‘Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi’ endlessly while trying to strike the opponent players out is incredibly challenging and exhausting. It is not as easy as it looks.
A game that is approximately 4000 years old, it is still being played, loved and admired even today. Such is the magic of the game, Kabaddi. It is touted to be one of the most popular games in Asia. The sport is now being celebrated globally.

This game is known as the game of the masses. It is simple and appeals the public to a great extent. This outdoor clay court sport does not require expensive equipment but lately has also been played on the indoor synthetic surface.

The thing about Kabaddi is that while it is a very simple game, it is also a blink-and-you-miss action. You are not given any breathing space or time to take a break. Every round has a raid. You can miss the moment that could make the difference between a win and a loss. Kabaddi is full of non-stop action. Neither can you chill, nor can any player.


India and Kabaddi.
This game is being played in different forms in different states. On the world stage as well, India has been very successful, having won Asian Games and World Cups. It is unfair to say that India has the advantage because the game was invented by Indians. England has never won the cricket world cup. If India is good at the game, it is because the team is good. No other reason.

Fun Fact: India has won the Gold in all the World Cups and all the Asian Games since 1990. Both men and women. Yup. Beat that.


TOURNAMENT
YEAR
WINNER
ASIAN GAMES
1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
INDIA
WORLD CUP
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
INDIA
SAF GAMES
2006, 2010
INDIA


The Birth of Pro Kabaddi
Both the men’s and the women’s team have made the nation proud. Women’s Kabaddi was introduced at the multi-sported Asian Games in 2010. Both teams have shown what they can do and are still on top of their game. The popularity of this sport and the success of the teams has led to the inception of Pro Kabaddi in India. The tournament was first played in 2014 and saw unexpected support.
The Tournament follows the same format as that of the Asian Games.

Pro Kabaddi 2017
The fifth edition of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League starts from July 28 and with the final to be played on October 28 in Chennai. After an auction that saw Rs.47 crore spent, four new teams were introduced for this season thus making it a league of 12 teams. 113 matches will be played.
These 12 teams are divided into two zones - A and B - of six teams each. Each is playing 15 intra-zone and 7 inter-zone matches. This is prior to the playoffs.
The top three teams from each zone will qualify and enter the playoffs. Before the finals, there will be three qualifiers and two eliminators. The winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 will play the first Eliminator 1. The winner of Qualifier 3 moves into the final directly and the loser has to play with the Winner of Eliminator 1 in the Eliminator 2, the winner of which goes to the final.
Zone A - Dabang Delhi, Jaipur Pink Panthers,  Puneri Paltan,  U Mumba, Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortune Giants.
Zone B - Telugu Titans,  Bengaluru Bulls,  Patna Pirates, Bengal Warriors, UP Yodhas and Tamil Thalaivas.


You are in a world of fun, thrill and non-stop entertainment. Keep your popcorn ready so you do not have to take your eyes off the game. Both the television and your lineup.

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