Kabaddi – the true essence of Punjab

Kabaddi, the contact sport of ancient India encompasses the true essence of the state of Punjab. Kabaddi is basically derived from a Tamil word “Kai-pidi” which means ‘to hold hands’. The notable competitions of the contact sport includes Asian games, Asia Kabaddi Cup, World Kabaddi League, Women’s World Cup, Pro Kabaddi League, UK Kabaddi Cup and the very prominent Kabaddi World Cup. As the Kabaddi World Cup, 2016 comes closer the players and the lovers of the game all gear up their backpacks to watch the thrilling matches.

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Kabaddi World Cup was first played in the year of 2004, followed by 2007. Witnessing the high level of adrenaline rush among the spectators and the players from across the globe, the Kabaddi World Cup is being hosted every year since 2010. There are primarily four major forms of Kabaddi being played in India, which are recognized by the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India. The four forms include Sanjeevani Kabaddi, Gaminee Kabaddi, Amar Style Kabaddi and Punjabi Kabaddi.

The Kabaddi World Cup is played in the Punjabi circle style in which Kabaddi is being played on a circular pitch of a diameter of 22 meters and an inner circle with a line through the middle of the pitch, which is called as “Kaudi da bharha”. In the Punjabi circle style Kabaddi there are two teams of 8 players in which one is on one raid, and none of the player leaves the field. If two stoppers attack a player, it is declares as a foul. The Punjab style Kabaddi does not require the raider saying “Kabaddi – Kabaddi” throughout the raid. The game normally lasts for 40 minutes with a change in sides after 20 minutes. The contact game is also played on a time basis, in which the time is 30 sec. However, in the Punjab Circle Style form of Kabaddi, whenever any player is touched (out), he/she is not required to go out of the court, rather he/she stays inside, and one point is awarded to the team that touched him.

The fifth edition of the circle style Kabaddi World Cup took place in the year 2014 from 7th December – 20th December in Punjab. The 12 – day long event witnessed 11 nations to be the participants in the men’s tournament, and 8 nations participating in the women’s tournament. The sixth edition of the circle style Kabaddi World Cup, shall take place lately this year. The precise schedule of the World Cup shall be out by October 2016, under the proficient surveillance of the deputy chief minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal. The upcoming Kabaddi World Cup shall undoubtedly be a mega – event.

India has been the proud winner of 10 gold medals in Kabaddi World Cup, in the both men’s and women’s category ever since it was initiated. The secret behind this perpetual success lies in the unconditional support of the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government, and the constant and staunch hard work of the Indian Kabaddi players.

Punjab Supports a Sporting Look

In an effort to encourage sports in the state a 100 crore project of State Institute of Sports (PIS) at Mohali promises to produce national and international players from Punjab.

The institute has been set up with an objective to provide specialised training to sportspersons and is unique since it offers hostel facilities to those promising players who can make it to prominent sporting events like Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic games.

Punjab Supports a Sporting Look

Youth being encouraged to participate in Sporting Activities

The effort has paid its dividends and this is creating a large number of sportsmen from the state, who are further making the state proud by participating in several national and international players. Officials say the purpose of setting up sports institute is to groom those who are seriously into sports and have the will to compete for all kinds of events.

The best part of the institute is that those undergoing training are being trained by some famous coaches, both international and Indian. Those availing services at PIS are ensured the best and nutritional diet besides accommodation in the best quality hostels. This kind of exposure is important for getting the right kind training which goes a long way in getting the push to compete at international sporting events.

The facility is provided free of cost and this further makes it more exciting, but we also introspect how sports budget of the state has also been going up. Further, besides ongoing construction of different stadiums across the state, there are 6 hockey stadiums spread all over Punjab.

The state government has also kept a provision for encouraging upcoming players in the state by earmarking Rs 16.5 crore budget for sports scholarships while another scheme promises to pay Rs 10,000 per annum per player to 1100 sportspersons excelling in recognized sports while Rs 5000 per annum player.

The government in an effort to assist sportsmen in getting employment has a provision of keeping some posts reserved for sportspersons.

Meanwhile the government is focusing on encouraging sports in the state and has even made an allocation of Rs 200 crore besides creating jobs to 125 persons. Kabaddi is also being promoted by the state through Kabaddi world cups.

Youth is being encouraged to come forward and form youth clubs and over 3000 sportspersons in several sporting activities.

The state government had last month organised games in seven cities across the state which got a tremendous response especially in Ludhiana where 1850 sportspersons participated. The government gave away prizes to the tune of Rs 3 crore to winners while a sum of Rs 7.5 crore was spent on organizing the event.

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