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Brief history of the sport of kabaddi.
Though kabaddi is primarily an Punjabi sport of Indian – Pakistani province of Punjab, not much is known about the origin of this game. There is, however, some concrete evidence, that this game is 4,000 year old. It is a team sport, which requires both skill and power, and combines the characteristics of wrestling and rugby. It was originally meant to develop self-defense, in addition to responses to attack and reflexes of counter attack by individuals and by groups. It is a rather simple and inexpensive game, and neither requires a massive playing area, nor any expensive equipment. This explains the popularity of the game in rural India and some parts of rural Punjab in Pakistan. Today Kabaddi is also played all over Asia with minor variations.
Kabaddi is known by various names viz. Chedugudu or Hu-Tu-Tu in southern parts of India, Hadudu (Men) and Chu - Kit-Kit (women) in eastern India, and Kabaddi in northern India. The sport is also popular in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Japan.
The first World Kabaddi International Championship was organized in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, when more than 14,000 people packed the Copps Coliseum, to watch the top players from India, Pakistan, Canada, England, and the United States compete.
In kabaddi dominated countries such as India and Canada, it is played on a professional basis with top players earning $25,000 and more for a season. The player who has made most out of the game is Balwinder Phiddu, who started playing in 1975 and retired after the 1997 World Cup.
Sikh Punjabis the world over and especially in Canada have done a lot to promote this sport as their passion and devotion towards this sport are praiseworthy. But like most Punjabi events this support has its set of controversies as various Canadian sports clubs have gone to courts to block the other group from hosting tournaments. Than immigration Canada has had issues with overseas (Indian) Kabaddi players as well. So lately often this sport has been in news perhaps not always for the right reasons.
Punjabis have a long history in Canada and it is about time they get more organised and put their usually unnecessary issues behind and act as a mature community in all walks of life and departments.
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