Pakistan: Sports, Entertainment & Leisure                   

  • Cricket is often considered the most popular sport in Pakistan.

  • Field hockey, polo and squash are also quite commonly played.

  • Tent pegging is a popular ancient game in which a person mounted on a horse spears targets found on the ground.

  • The traditional sport of kabaddi (photo) is a game that originated in ancient India.
    • In the international team version of kabaddi, two teams of seven members each occupy opposite halves of a field of 10 meters × 13 meters in case of men and 8 meters × 12 meters in case of women.
    • Each has three supplementary players on reserve.
    • The game is played with 20-minute halves and a 5-minute halftime break during which the teams exchange sides.
    • The teams take turns sending a “raider” into the other half.
    • To win a point, the raider must take a breath, run into the opposing half, tag one or more members of the opposite team, then return to his home half before inhaling again. The raider will chant “kabaddi, kabaddi” with his exhaling breath to show the referee he has not inhaled.
    • The raider will be declared “out” and will not gain the point if he inhales before returning to his side, or returns without touching an opponent.
    • The tagged defender(s) will be “out” if they do not succeed in catching the raider who tagged them. Wrestling the raider to the ground can prevent him escaping before he needs to inhale.