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City park swaps rugby for kabaddi.

THOUSANDS of people in Coventry are set to watch their favourite players compete in one of the UK's fastest growing sports.

Between 5,000 and 10,000 fans are expected at Coventrians RFC, in Yelverton Lane, Holbrooks, for the city heat of the UK Kabaddi Championships on Sunday, July 11.

The sport, which is massive in India and Bangladesh, involves two teams who take turns sending a player into the other half to tag or wrestle members of the opposing team.

The raider then tries to return to his own half, holding his breath and chanting 'kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi'.

The Coventry team comprises six to eight players, some of whom have been recruited from India to represent the city, alongside three or four homegrown stars.

They are currently training at Red Corner Gym, in Walsgrave Road.

Spokesman Kuljit Singh, 34, said: "People who enjoy boxing and wrestling will enjoy kabaddi.

"You do get beaten up and there's not many rules."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 25, 2010
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