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Kabaddi (sometimes transliterated Kabbadi or Kabadi; Hindi, Marathi: कबड्डी, Urdu: کبڈی, [kəˈbəɖɖi], Kannada: ಕಬಡ್ಡಿ, Tamil: கபடி, Telugu: కబడ్దీ, Malayalam: കബഡി) is a team contact sport that originated in South Asia BCE, as a form of recreational combat training.[1] Two teams occupy opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a "raider" into the other half, in order to win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team; the raider then tries to return to his own half, holding his breath and chanting "kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi" during the whole raid. The name — often chanted during a game — derives from a Tamil word (கை-பிடி) meaning "holding of hand", which is indeed the crucial aspect of play. It is the national game of Bangladesh, and the state game of Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh in India.


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