Kabaddi tackles weighty issues

The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), which was formed in 2004, has been undertaking developmental work to make the sport risk-free and more modern for quite sometime now. 

At a press-conference here on Tuesday to announce the recent developments in kabaddi, E Prasad Rao, Technical Director of the Asian Kabaddi Federation, spoke about the weight limit that is now there in the sport. “To limit serious injury to all the athletes, we have now added a weight limit of 80 kg for men and 70 kg for women for both national as well as international events,” he said. 

The IKF CEO, Deoraj Chaturvedi, said the motto of the sport was ‘today in Asia, tomorrow in Olympics.’ 

“We have 32 teams affiliated with the IKF and we are striving to take that number to 50, so that we can present our case to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to feature kabaddi in the Olympics.

 Bangalore is all set to host the 40th Junior Nationals from December 26 at Whitefield.

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