Will Kabaddi Become the Next Major World Sport? Reflections on the Governance of National and International Federations in Kabaddi
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AbstractKabaddi is a traditional game popular in South Asia. A sports company in 2014 turned this sport into a spectacular sport and gained huge success. With commercial sponsorship and high viewership, this Asian sport should have a great potential to become the next major world sport. However, controversies have also come along with its rising popularity. For instance, the backbone of kabaddi organizations, Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, has been investigated by the High Court of Delhi for corruption in the past two years, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Kabaddi has been an official event in the Asian Games since 1990. The number of participating teams has remained small throughout the years. This paper focuses on the process of two national federations from the same country applying for its affiliation with the international federation (IF) of kabaddi, which reveals how the lack of transparency and democracy of IF has been disrupting the further development of this sport, despite all its commercial success.
All Author(s) ListTANG Wai Man
Name of ConferenceInternational Conference of Sports History and Culture: The Olympics and the Asian Century
Start Date of Conference20/09/2019
End Date of Conference22/09/2019
Place of ConferenceZhejiang Normal University, Jinhua
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsInternational federation, national federation, Asian Games, monopolistic powers, kabaddi, India

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