[PHOTOS] Kabbadi - A World Sport You May Have Never Heard of Until Now

Kabaddi is a team sport that is hard to describe. It is rough like Rugby, but there is no use of a ball. The sport is played in many variations in Asia, Iran, UK, US and Canada. Here is a simplified explanation of how the sport works. Two teams occupy opposite halves of a small field and take turns sending a 'Raider' into the other half. The goal of the invading Raider is to win points by tackling or wrestling members of the opposing team and then returning safely to his own half.

Kabaddi first received international exposure during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Kabaddi World Cup was first played in 2004 and then in 2007 and 2010. So far India is the unbeaten champion in Kabaddi World Cup. Iran is the next most successful nation being twice runner-up. Pakistan was the runner-up in 2010. 

Here are some photos from the Varsi Cup, held last Autumn in New York City, and played by many people originating from the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. 

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                                                                Ben Zafar
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Ben Zafar is a freelance photographer and photojournalist based in New York City.

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