INDIA’S PRIDE KHO-KHO
Table of contents
1.Tracing the roots of Kho-Kho
2.History of Kho-Kho
3.Common terms in Kho-Kho
4. Area of play
6.How to play kho-kho
7.Duties of Defender
8.Duties of chaser
9. Skill Required in kho-kho
Kho-Kho is the traditional sports in the country.Fact about the this game is: The position of the players sitting is random or in alternative directions.The game requires immense stamina and speed.
Tracing the roots of Kho Kho
Kho Kho is a tag game of our country. Its roots are old as epic Mahabatrat.The game during old-age times involved ‘raths’and charoits and was named as Rathera.
History of Kho Kho
The Asian kho kho federation first came into existance in 1987 at the time of third SAF Games in India.This game gained international credit with first Asian kho ho championship which was organised in Kolkata in 1996. Next championship was hld in 2000 which added shine to the game.Most of countries participate in kho-kho championship such as Pakistan,Bangladesh,Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Common terms in Kho Kho
Pole: A wooden cylindrical construction,erected firlmy at both sides of grpound.
Chaser:The sitting team who tries to catch opponent team members who is running.
Chaser always sit in the square box and distance between all boxes is 1 meter.
Runner:The player of opposition who saves himself from being catch by chaser.
Central lane : Two parallel lines from one pole to other.
Cross lane : The parallel lanes cutting central line at the middle of playing area.
Kho: The word Kho is actually as given by one chaser to another.
Area of play
Taking dimension ,the playground of Kho Kho is about 29 meters long and 16 meters wide.It is in rectangular form.
At the each side of rectangle it has two areas measuring about 16 meters and 2.75 meters in width. There are 8 parallel lines between these two wooden pillar .Kho Kho ground consist 2 poles and a free zone in which chaser can move in any direction and cath runner. It is a benificial point for chesser.
Each team consist 12 players in which 9 are playing players and otrher 3 players is extra player. I n case of emergency player can be replaced.
Each inning will have 9 minutes which includes both running and chasing.
The chasing team sits in middle of the court in a row.Each player sit in alternative direction.
The chaser will touch the nearest possible player on his/her back and say ‘Kho’ to give him a chance to chase.
Team that takes the shortest amount of time to touch player chasd is announced as a winner
How to play Kho Kho
.Both team consists 9 players, before
start of game both team caption will have a toss, toss winning caption will choose either they will do running or chasing .
If winnig team decides to chase they set up 8 members team to chase opposite team in the fixed time of match.
There will be two innings provided for all teams.
Duties of Defender
Defender must be quick.Defender team should highly possess qualities that is stamina and speed.They should have suficient ammount of stamina to protect themselves to being catch by chaser
Duties of Chaser
Chasers are the opposition of Defender. Those aim to catch or touch the defender.Chasers have moto to catch runner as soon as they can do, maximun cathch of runner helps them in next inning as bonus points.
Skills Required in Kho Kho
Judgement of direction is one of the most important skill which should be in all players of team.Skill proves that how fast you can decide in which directon they have to move.You must be responsible with your teammates.
The national championship for kho kho is the oldest Domestic Kho Kho tournaments in India .The Championship happens at three different categories -senior,junior and sub-junior.
National Women Championship
The national championship for womens firstly held in Kolhapur,Maharashtra backk in 1961.The tournaments also follows the league cum knockout format and there are 8 zones.
The school champonships with the popularity of others sports increasing day by day. KKFI (The KHO KHO FEDRATION OF INDIA) needs to promote the sports of kho ho at school level . Categories of that event is U-14 U-17 and U-19 for both boys and girls .