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Kabaddi is a contact sport that originated in Ancient India. Kabaddi is an umbrella term which encompasses various forms of the game including International rules Kabaddi, and the Indian Kabaddi styles – Sanjeevani, Gaminee, Amar and Punjabi.[1][2][3][3][4] Kabaddi also encompasses similar sports known by their regional names, such as hadudu in Bangladesh, baibalaa in Maldives, chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh, sadugudu in Tamil Nadu and hututu in Maharashtra.[5] Kabaddi is the national game of Bangladesh and Nepal and also the state game of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar,Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Punjab.[6] India is the most successful team on the world stage, having won every world cup and Asian Games title so far, in both men's and women's categories. The earliest form of the game may have originated during the ancient times in India, including speculations from the Indian epicMahabharata. For many years Kabaddi was practiced in Indian vedic schools. Though variations emerged and rules were framed, the game’s principal objective remained unchanged.[10] The variations however have manifested themselves into such games as Hututu, Sadugudu and many more. Modern Kabaddi is a synthesis of the game played in various forms under different names.[11] 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 AIKF was reconstituted as The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI)[12] in 1973 and the first national tournament for men was held in Chennai. Kabaddi was introduced to 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.[13] In 1979, matches between Bangladesh and India were held across India. The first Asian Kabaddi Championship was...
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