Asiad 2014: Both Men’s and Women’s Kabaddi teams bag Gold for India
The Indian Women’s Kabaddi team defeated Iran to the win the gold at the Asian Games. This is the second successive Asian Games win for the team since women’s kabaddi was introduced in 2010 in the Guanzhou Asian Games. The Indian Men’s kabaddi team also won a gold at the Asian Games. India has won a gold consistently since the game’s introduction in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. This is the men’s team’s 7th successive win.
Kabaddi in India and the World
Kabaddi is a contact sport whose origins are believed to be in South India, though now the game is popular throughout South Asia. It is also the national game of Bangladesh and Nepal, not to mention the State Game of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar and Punjab.
KFI (Kabaddi Federation of India) was founded in 1950, and its most significant contribution was the compiling of a standard set of rules. AKFI (Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India) was established in 1973 and AKFI has modified the rules for kabaddi.
Kabaddi at the international level is governed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), which was formed in 2004. 31 national associations are members of IKF, including India. The founding President of KFI was Jarnardhan Singh Gehlot, who was the President of AKFI for 28 years and was also made its life President in 2013.