Posted on November 9, 2008
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20 responses to “India Humbles Pakistan in Gopalpura”

  1. bonobashi says:


    You have put your finger on two of our failings on the sub-continent: inability to keep up with the rest of the world, and inability to play international sports politics.

    Look at field hockey. When Pakistan and India dominated field hockey, the Europeans got together, packed the rules committees, and changed to Astro-turf, with its support for the European long-hitting style, with results which are clear for all to see. Even now, if South Asian hockey teams break away from the pack from time to time, it is because of their natural flair, which is almost irrepressible, no matter how often the others stay up late at night fixing the rules.

    You also know that the chess rules we play by were slightly different from international chess rules. Finally, it took the establishment of tournaments throughout the country, supported actively by the Russians, to bring about an Anand.

    I agree with you that the kabaddi variant in Pakistan-India is a more manly variant. For the sake of competition, however, we have to make hard choices. Bare-knuckle boxing was the norm; everybody boxes Queensberry rules now. Time for change!

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  4. Babar says:

    The reason india always kick our ass in kabaddi is that we do not play the same style as is played in international competetions ( different rules) so we dont have any practice. Personaly I think our style is much better and a measure of strength as it involves one on one competetion.

  5. Umar Shah says:

    Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi!