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Kabaddi, an ancient sport in which India has won six Asian Games gold, is popular in rural areas and recently turned out to be a natural for the TV screens with a new-age league. The sport features two seven-member teams facing off on a tennis court-sized pitch. A ‘raider’ from each team has to dash into the rival half and touch players from the opposing team without being tackled before escaping back to safety on their side of the court. Players traditionally chant ‘kabaddi’ repeatedly to prove they are not breaking the rules by drawing breath during that time.