Dinesh reports on Kho Kho

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Kho Kho is an Indian game that is often played at HEAL children’s Village.

To win the game a team has to tag all the opponents in the shortest time possible. The game is played on a rectangular pitch which is usually 29 meters long and 16 meters wide.

A kho kho team consists of 12 players but only 9 can take the field. A match consists of two innings. each innings consists of chasing and running for nine minutes each.

One team (chasers) sits/kneels in the middle of the court, in a row, with ajacent members facing opposite directions. The other team (dodgers) play in batches of three. The chasers can only run in one direction and cannot cut across the sitters. The dodgers can run anywhere and can go inbetween the sitters. The chaser has to run around the entire row to reach the other side.The chaser can pass the chasing job onto a sitter whose back is facing the chaser as he/she is running. To do this the chaser touches the back of the sitter and shouts “kho” which signifies the change of chaser.

The objective of the game is for the chasers to tag all the oponents in the shortest time possible.

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