Pro Kabaddi 2016 : Puneri Paltan keep their semis hopes alive with a clinical win over Dabang Delhi

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Pro Kabaddi 2016 : Puneri Paltan keep their semis hopes alive with a clinical win over Dabang Delhi

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Amlan Majumdar

07/26/2016

Puneri Paltan remained in the hunt for the fourth spot in the table with a clinical 39-34 win over the struggling Dabang Delhi at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi on Tuesday. Puneri Paltan and U Mumba are now tied at 37 points each, with one match remaining for them in the league stage.

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The origins of this ancient sport of India dates back to the time of the epics. Even though there is no historical evidence as to when it really came into existence, it is considered to have been a part of the Mahabharata period. History says that the word Kabaddi might have originated from a Tamil word “kai-pidi” meaning “to hold hands”. However, similar meaning words are found to have existed even in the northern part of India. A type of game called Hu-Tu-Tu in the western part of India, Ha-Do-Do in the eastern areas and Chedugudu in southern India all have been found to be an early form of Kabaddi. With Kabaddi being a village sport, it also had its roots in the primeval idea of defending one's own territory.

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Even though there are several versions of Kabaddi like the Gaminee, Amar, Sanjeevani and Punjabi, the International version of the game includes two teams of seven members facing off against each other in two halves of twenty minutes each and the winner is decided by points. With Kabaddi being a part of our culture, the sport was extremely popular in the past with India winning many titles at the Asian Games and the World Cup.

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