Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Posted by Ratan Grewal On 10:40

 Games of Punjab:

By nature Punjabis are sports-lovers. They have produced some world-famous sportsmen like Dara Singh, Milkha Singh and Balbir Singh, who have made a name for themselves and for the country in wrestling, athletics and hockey. There are all types of  games  suiting the age and stamina of all persons. While the young persons are engaged in Kabaddi and wrestling, the smaller ones play gullidanda, kokla chhapaki, khiddoo etc. Older persons have tahna and chopar to keep them occupied.
 Sports are a common phenomenon at fairs. The participants jump into the fields to play kabaddi, wrestling, gripping the wrist etc. Sometimes inter-village championships are held. 

KABADDI:

This game is popular even today and is played now by both boys and girls. This was included in the Asian Games also and is popular all over south Asia. The game is played between two teams. A line is drawn between the two teams and each team would send a player across the line. If the player after crossing the line is able to touch a player of the opposite side and came back without being caught, the team doing so would win and a point was added to its score. This process by the player crossing the line has to be performed in a single breath. The team with higher score would be the winner.




BULLOCK CART RACE:

The bullock-cart race reflects the understanding between a farmer and his best friend - his bullocks (not bollocks!). it is as difficult as horse riding but since all farmers cannot afford horses, they have found another version of it. Bullock cart racing is considered as being cruel to animals by many animal rights activists who are fighting to ban it in India. As you can see in the video the bullocks collide and fall down during the race. For rural Punjabis it is a way to relate to the animals and the fields, all at once. And it is tradition...





KHO-KHO:

Kho Kho is a sport played by teams of twelve players who try to avoid being touched by members of the opposing team, only 9 players of the team enter the field. It is one of the two most popular traditional tag games of South Asia.Apart from South Asia (mainly India and Pakistan), it is also played in South Africa.



HOCKEY:

Hockey  is a team sport  which is played between two teams of eleven players with hockey sticks and a hard, solid plastic ball. At the turn of the 21st century, the game is played globally, with particular popularity throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South America – in addition to being the national sport of both India and Pakistan.


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