1.Various forms of kabaddi are played. Hence, many states in India lay claim to the game. Some
forms of kabaddi originated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Other forms of kabaddi
originated in northern parts of India. Although the game is a traditional sport in various parts
of South Asia.
2. The modern standardized version identifies kabaddi with Maharashtra where the process of
standardizing the rules of kabaddi took place from 1915 through to the 1920s.
3. 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.
4. 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) in 1972 and the first national
tournament for men was held in Chennai.
5. 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
6. In 1979, matches between Bangladesh and India were held across India. The first Asian Kabaddi
Championship was held in 1980 and India emerged as champion, beating Bangladesh in the final.
7. The other teams in the tournament were Nepal, Malaysia, and Japan. The game was included for
the first time in the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 where seven teams took part.