Kabaddi in schools? Brampton wrestles with the idea

Kabaddi in India is currently going through a major popularity growth spurt in India and here in Canada, the sport has gained wide acceptance within the South Asian community. It is played in Brampton’s schools and enjoyed by students.

Now Peel District School Board Trustee Harkirat Singh and Brampton City Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon are so encouraged by its popularity that they want to to see the program grow.

“Though it was a lot of work to get kabaddi implemented in schools, it was well worth it,” said Harkirat Singh. “Students thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great to see the diversity of those who participated. We only hope to grow the program from here.”

Throughout the summer, kabaddi tournaments take place all over Brampton, featuring international players, attracting thousands of fans and spectators.

“Kabaddi is an exciting sport to play and I enjoy watching the strategic moves the players make,” said Dhillon. “And it’s really great to see Brampton’s youth take up this sport and make it popular in the City of Brampton.”

Kabaddi is a contact sport that originated in ancient India, and is very much popular across the South Asia. It is the national game of Bangladesh and the state game of many Indian states. Very few in India will claim ignorance of the basic rules of kabaddi, although the game has several variants.

India has been the most successful team on the world stage, having won every World Cup and Asian Games title so far, in both men’s and women’s categories.

Kabaddi World Cup was first played in 2004, then in 2007 and then annually from 2010 onwards. A circle format is followed from 2010 World Cup onwards, which has slightly different rules from what is followed in the rectangular field format. India is the unbeaten champion winning every edition held so far. Except for 2011, the other finalist has always been Pakistan since 2010. – CINEWS

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