Ancient mud wrestling is the hottest thing in India

Thursday September 11th, 2014

The Washington Post has a story Thursday about the ancient Indian sport of kabaddi and how it's making a comeback to become the fastest-growing sport in the country. 

Kabaddi is sort of a mix of tag and wrestling. It was traditionally popular with people in rural areas who played it in muddy fields.

It took off with India's growing urban population until someone turned it into made-for-TV tournament with lots of money on the line.

Now, it's the hottest thing around. Ten times as many people watched the opening night as the World Cup. According to the Post, 426 million people watched the month-long tournament.

The televised tournament was played on mats, and the champions won $85,000, but it's basically mud wrestling, which is awesome. 

- Dan Gartland

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