History of Kho Kho Intriguing Insights

By Nidhi Singh


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Kho Kho's origins can be traced back to India, with its believed inception in regions such as Maharashtra and parts of Punjab.

Historical Background

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The game has ancient origins, possibly dating back to the 4th century. It was played in different forms across regions.

Traditional Roots

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It is believed that the strategy employed by Abhimanyu in the Mahabharata to navigate through a defensive circle is often reflected in the tactics used in the game of Kho-Kho.

Traditional Roots

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Legend has it that during ancient times, Kho-Kho was played using chariots. With chariots referred to as 'Rath' in Sanskrit and Hindi, the game gained popularity under the name 'Rathera'.

Evolution of Rules

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The rules of the game were organized and made uniform in the early 20th century, mainly under the guidance of the Kho Kho Federation of India.

Evolution of Rules

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Over time, Kho-Kho has undergone transformations in both its rules and setup. While it was traditionally played on muddy grounds, nowadays, it's frequently played at a professional level on matted surfaces.

International Presence

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In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Kho-Kho was showcased alongside various other traditional Indian games.

Inclusion in Sports Events

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Kho Kho has found its place in numerous national and state-level sports competitions, garnering recognition as a competitive and tactical sport.

Ultimate Kho Kho

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The player draft for Ultimate Kho Kho, a franchise-based Indian tournament comprising six teams, was finalized in July 2022. The inaugural season spanned from August 14 to September 4, 2022.

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