- n. A team sport in which players must hold their breath while making raids into the opposing team's half of the field.
The origin of this word is uncertain. Some sources say it comes from the Tamil ‘kai,’ hand, and ‘pidi,’ catch. Others claim it's derived from a Hindi word meaning ‘holding of breath.’ Still others say it comes from ‘kabad,’ roughly translated as ‘bad activity.’
“Kabaddi star players are strong and quick on their feet, and most importantly, they can hold their breath for two minutes while chanting the word 'kabaddi' over and over.”
“The star attraction, of course, was Mikhail Abdul Latif 'Meeka', a former US wrestling national champion of African-Mexican parentage who turned to kabaddi on the advice of an Indian wrestler-friend.”
“They carried out peaceful demonstrations - including playing a game of the traditional sport kabaddi, a rugbylike game without a ball, near the circuit.”