Kabaddi was never an official part of the 1936 Olympics but the Berlin Games gave India’s indigenous sport the platform it needed to grow globally. A sport of the soil and closely connected to Indian culture, kabaddi found global renown after appearing as an exhibition sport just before the 1936 Olympics.
Kabaddi, if it wants to be included at the Olympics needs to show its inherent strength as a sports favoured by the new generation as well as prove its own professional structural capacity. The immediate task for kabaddi to uplift its status would be to ensure sound administrative and financial set-up.
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While kabaddi is yet to make its debut at the Olympics, the sport has been a fixture at the Asian Games for three decades. The sport made its debut at the continental competition in 1990 and has been thoroughly dominated by the Indian kabaddi team in both the men's and women's category.
Currently only 26 countries have national federations or governing body for Kabaddi. The Olympics, which showcases the fittest athletes in the world would be a richer competition if the brawn and swiftness of Kabaddi players is added to it.
Pro Kabaddi League is a huge hit in INDIA where there is a presence of players from different playing nations. This game can also be liked by people all over the world. I request International Olympic Committee and international kabaddi federation to work towards including Kabaddi as a demonstration sport in Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to promote Kabaddi.
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Kabaddi was played in the Olympics only once in 1936 Berlin Olympics as a Demonstration Sport. Baseball and Gliding were the other Sports which were included in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a Demonstration Sport. Demonstration sport - Wikipedia. Pictogram for Kabaddi.