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8 insanely popular sports that are rarely played in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on July 2, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

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At first glance, kabaddi, a nonball team sport played mainly in Bangladesh and India, looks like the type of game enjoyed by school children during gym class. Played recreationally throughout South Asia, it is considered the national sport of Bangladesh. A formalized version of kabaddi is played at an international level, with teams from across Asia and the U.K. taking part.

The game is played by two teams of seven players on a field roughly 30 by 40 feet. The teams gain points by crossing into the opposition's half of the field and tagging, tackling or “containing” as many opposing players as they can. Despite the similarities to a playground game, kadabbi has its roots in Indian wrestling and, at the competitive level, it is much rougher than a casual game of tag.