Japanese Kabbadi teams play for goodwill
Kabbadi teams from Japan came down to the city for a friendly tournament
The Japanese Kabbadi men and women teams played three friendly matches in Maharashtra, between March 8 and 11 winning and losing by wafer thin margins but earning tremendous goodwill.
The match on the 11th was the last of the three match series and was a lively affair with huge crowds thronging the grounds at Chhatrapati Sambhaji Garden, Kannamvar Nagar, Vikhroli (East).
The first game of the evening was between Mumbai Suburban women and the Japanese “A” team which was won by the hosts by 20 points to16.
The next match between the Japanese “A” gents team and Mumbai Suburban Men’s team which ended in a victory for the home team by the same margin of 20 points to 16.
The last match of the evening was between the men's team of Tagore Nagar, Vikhroli and the Japanese Men’s “B” Team which was again won by the locals by 24 points to 22. Close matches one and all and were played in the best of spirits and friendship but fought hard for.
The first of the matches was played at Karnala Sports Academy, Panvel, on the 8th of March where the Japanese ladies beat the local ladies team by one point and the men’s team lost by 2 points.
The next match at Police ground, Naigaon, Dadar, Mumbai between Mumbai Police Men and the Japanese Men’s team which was won by the Mumbai Police by 2 points
Kabaddi was introduced and popularised in Japan in 1979. The Asian Amateur Kabaddi Federation sent Prof Sundar Ram of India to tour Japan for two months to introduce the game. Kabaddi has now become a very popular game and is a regular sport in Asian Games, Asian Indoor Games and Asian Beach Games apart from SAF Games. Kabaddi will be a demonstration sport during Commonwealth Games 2010 at New Delhi.
The Japanese have been playing Kabbadi since 1980 and the past two years have seen Japan's women team come on Maharashtra's tour to play practice matches. Last year they beat Mumbai Shahar's Kabaddi team & well fought against Pune District.
This time hosted by the Shri Datta Krida Prabodhini, and the Mumbai Upanagar District Kabbadi Association the friendship Kabbadi Matches were played in tne ususal friendly way with no quarter given on the field but very friendly crowd support and encouragement at every step of the way.