Athletic Arts

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Global Asia Studies
Natalie Rose

GASB15 Jan 17, 2013 "India has no base for sports despite its enormous population. India does not have the wherewithals. Sport in our country is khel-khood [just a bit of fun]. It goes against the grain of our country, against our tradition, to play sports the way they do in the west. If a child in our country returns from the playground he is not asked by his parents how he fared, but slapped for missing his studies and wasting his time in khel-khood....In all modern countries sport is accepted as a part of life. In our country the authorities do not even know what playing facilities are available in our schools...Out of some 600,000 schools.... some 1.8% have playgrounds....In a country of 800 million people there are only 11 gymnasiums. ... We are just not organised for sports....Though we are producing coaches they just cannot get jobs because the whole thing is not properly organised...." (Ashwini Kumar, representative of India on the International Olympic Committee for many years, said in 1984) As an art form:  Exercise is listed as one of the 64 arts in the Kama Sutra  Aesthetic nature of sport  The manipulation and presentation of sport by the media can be viewed as a sort of art form Kabaddi This is a sport that was not imported from another country. It is a sport that originated in South Asia and may be around 4000 years old. Kabaddi means ‘holding a breath’  This comes from the fact that the ‘raider’ must hold his breath during an entire raid How it is played:  Two teams occupy opposite halves of a small field.  The teams take turns sending a "raider" to the opposite team's half, where the goal is to tag members of the opposite team before returning to the home half. Tagged members are "out" and temporarily sent off the field.  The goal of the defenders is to stop the raider from returning to the home side before taking a breath.  Matches are categorized based on age and weight. GASB15 Jan 17, 2013  Six officials supervise a match: one referee, two umpires, a scorer and two assistant scorers. In India, the game is seen as a villager’s/boy’s game  They don’t even realise that there is a national team for this sport  Interest has spread to other countries such as Italy, Canada, the United States etc. Canadian athletes nabbed in doping scandal at Kabaddi World Cup (Joe Friesen, the Globe and Mail. Nov. 17, 2011)  Four members of the Canadian team suspended for doping  Australia and United States teams suspended for doping  Doping is a huge problem is this sport, due to sponsorship pressure and cash prizes o The World Cup prize is $500 000 to the winning team  This doping problem makes it difficult to the bring the sport to Olympic level because they do not want to deal with the doping issues  1 in 5 athletes test positive for doping Courting Kabaddi, politicians play a dangerous game (Joe Friesen, the Globe and Mail. Dec. 1, 2011.)  Canada is trying to bring awareness to the sport  There are many Indian members of parliament that are pushing for the culture of the sport to be acknowledge o There have been several trips to other countries to watch games or to present trophies etc.  It is a good sport for community gathering  Canada has a visa program for Kabaddi players to come to Canada to play with Canadian teams for the summer o These players can earn from $20 000 to $30 000  However, the government needs to push for the sport to become drug free o Most of the Canadian team tested positive for doping at the World Cup o The sport is not a national sport so it does not need to follow Canadian ant-doping laws Media:  Channel 4 UK did show Kabaddi matches during 1990s but were eventually dropped due to lack of interest GASB15 Jan 17, 2013  Kabadasses was a TV pilot in the UK that was supposed to be about some friends that wanted to make an all British Kabaddi team but didn’t know enough about the sport so had to recruit other people. Cricket This sport was imported along with the British colonialists. Despite popular belief, not everyone in India took to the sport. It was originally only played by the Parsees and the Princes of the country. “The paradox is that cricket, the ultimate of team games expressing a philosophy that goes beyond the game, has in India produced neither a philosophy
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