Lesser known facts about kabaddi

10. It is believed that Kabaddi was played in India as far back as 4000 years!

9. Many believe the sport was invented by Abhimanyu during the Mahabharata battle at Kurukshetra.

8. The word ‘Kabaddi’ has come from a Tamil word, Kai-pidi, which means ‘holding hands’

7. Kabaddi is the national game of Bangladesh

6. Kabaddi first received international exposure during the Berlin Olympics in 1936

5. The Pro Kabaddi League inaugural season was the second-most viewed sports tournament on Indian TV after the IPL!

4. Kabaddi is the only sport in which the Indian team, both men and women, have won all the world cups since its conception

3. It was only in 1995 that the first women’s kabaddi event was held in India. That was at Calcutta

2. Pro Kabaddi League’s first season was watched by 435 million people

1. It is also played in countries such as Italy, Spain, Argentina, Denmark, USA and Belgium.

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By: Syed Haidar Abbas

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