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Medal Events in Kho-kho(for 35th National Games, Kerala)
KhoKho is one of the two immensely popular and traditional tag games in South Asia, played by two twelve-member teams, who try to avoid being touched by members of the opposing team.
KhoKho is believed to have derived from the ancient game called Rathera, evolved in Maharashtra, called so because it was played on Raths or chariots. It was a traditional game handed down generations with an oral sets of rules, but by 1900s there were some rules in place, and by 1960 national championships came into vogue. But it’s now lost its sheen with other games taking over. The basic format of teh game is as follows:
- Each team has 12 players, but only 9 players take the field.
- There are two innings in a match, each with chasing and running turns of 9 minutes each.
- One team then positions themselves on their knees/sits in a row in the middle of the court with flanking members facing opposite directions.
- The chasers end in the shortest time possible.
- The team with the shortest time to tag/tap all the opponents in the field, wins.
- Then players can take off the field.
- They must sit in a zigzag manner.
The pitch is a wide rectangular playground with two rectangles at the end, with specific lengths and width. In the middle of these two rectangles, there are two wooden poles and a central lane. There are eight cross lanes which lie across central lane, and two posts of smooth wooden poles are fixed at the end of central lane. The post is made of wooden poles, which are smooth all over. The posts are fixed firmly in the free zone tangent to the post-line at a specific height.