Kho kho and Kabaddi Give It a Go!

Y Plas • Sat 12 October 2019 15:00-17:00

Originating in ancient India, the sport of kho kho fosters many desirable traits such as sportsmanship, teamwork, loyalty, competitiveness, and self-esteem as well as speed, agility, strategy and quick thinking.  It is played by teams of 12 nominated players out of fifteen, of which nine enter the field who sit on their knees (chasing team), and 3 extra (defending team) who try to avoid being touched by members of the opposing team. It is one of the two most popular and fastest growing traditional tag games in the Indian subcontinent, the other being Kabaddi.
     Kabaddi, the national sport of Bangladesh, is a contact team sport. Having rapidly gained popularity in recent years after the establishment of the Pro Kabaddi League in 2014,  it is played between 2 teams of seven players and the objective of the game is for a single player on offence, referred to as a "raider", to run into the opposing team's half of a court, tag out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court in a single breath- this is ensured by muttering kabaddi under one's breath.
     This session will allow us to introduce everyone to these two widely played Indian sports and potentially enable us to create teams that we will be able to take to NHSF zonal and national sport competitions, in which universities from all over the UK participate.