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A raider is tackled by defenders.A raider is tackled by defenders.Kabaddi is a contact team sport, originating in south India in ancient times. The game, played by both men and women, is popular throughout the Indian subcontinent, especially in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, and is the national sport of Bangladesh. Kabaddi is now played in many other Asian countries and across the world. There are two teams of seven players. The object of the game is for a player, known as a "raider", to run into the opposing team's half of a court, tag any of the defenders, then return to his or her own half of the court without being tackled. Points are scored for each player tagged, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are tagged or tackled, but can be "revived" for each point scored by their team from a tag or tackle.

Women playing kabaddi (sadugudu) in Tamil NaduWomen playing kabaddi (sadugudu) in Tamil Nadu

The kabaddi court (in Pro Kabaddi)The kabaddi court (in Pro Kabaddi)


In the Pro Kabaddi (see below) version of the game, two teams of seven players each occupy opposite halves of a court measuring 10 by 13 metres (33 by 43 feet) for men, and 8 by 12 metres (26 feet by 39 feet) for women.

The court may vary in size in local or international matches. Punjabi kabaddi is played on a circular court with a 22-metre (72-ft) diameter.  



There are two main types of kabaddi played: the International Rules version and Punjabi kabaddi, which is played on a circular court with a 22-metre (72-ft) diameter. Both types have their own World Cup tournaments.

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