Journey Of Kabaddi In India

Journey Of Kabaddi In India

The sport Kabaddi is very ancient and has been a part of the Indian culture for over 4000 years, since the Mahabharata. In Maharashtra, Kabaddi was called Hututu. In Bengal or Eastern part of India, it was called Hadoodo. In Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, it was called Chugudu. In Northern parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, it was called Kabaddi. The journey of Kabaddi since the pre-independence era played in various regions with different names has been tougher than imagined.

To get the sport under one set of rules, forming of its federation and then taking it on to the international level was a daunting task. Kabaddi now has evolved over the years from its humble origins to become the second most viewed sport in India. It is included in the Asian Games, Asian Indoor Games and Asian Beach Games. Soon it will be a part of the Commonwealth Games and then the Olympics. This report showcases The Journey of Kabaddi from how it all started and now it is played as an international sport in India.

This report on JOURNEY OF KABADDI IN INDIA by International Institute of Sports Management covers topics like:

  • Notable Highlights
  • Origin of Kabaddi
  • Federation
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Administration
  • Finance & Budget
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology in Kabaddi
  • Importance of Mental Health in Kabaddi
  • Broadcasting
  • Legends, Current Players, and Upcoming Stars
  • Demographics of Kabaddi
  • National Kabaddi Tournaments
  • Kabaddi Tournament
  • Specially Abled Kabaddi
  • Pro Kabaddi League
  • Fan Engagement
  • Doping
  • Betting
  • Fantasy
  • Government Initiatives to promote Kabaddi in India
  • Job Opportunity
  • Effect of Covid-19 on Kabaddi (2020)
  • Achievements


We sincerely thank former Kabaddi player, Arjuna Awardee, Mr. Raju Bhavsar for giving us this opportunity to document the journey of Kabaddi in India to come out in a report format.
-Mr. Amitava Pal, Associate Dean IISM

Proofreading and Edit:

Mr. Devendra Prabhudesai, Head Corporate Relations

Design Team:

Mr. Sandeep Dalvi


  • Mr. Mehul Raval
  • Ms. Harshini Patel
  • Ms. Srushti Bharambe
  • Mr. Pravesh Mandawara


Kabaddi Project Team:

  • Mr. Jayendra Kenekar
  • Mr. Sumedh Rajarshi
  • Mr. Avi Bhatnagar
  • Mr. Nihaal Rohra
  • Mr. Ninaad Manke
  • Mr. Aditya Gupta
  • Mr. Ishaan Ranadive
  • Ms. Shruti Yawalkar
  • Mr. Ayaan Rarh
  • Mr. Aswin A
  • Mr. Tejas Deshmukh
  • Mr. Yatharth Pathak