Pro Kabaddi League is on and it has become quite a sensation in the country. Different teams like Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Telugu Titans and U Mumba are winning the hearts of fans across the country. People have started enjoying the game. The concept of mats is also coming up in this game.
Many believe that soil quality and texture vary from place to place and that is why playing on a uniform surface is becoming a trend worldwide. When playing on mats, the players will not have to worry about getting pricked by glass, pebbles and stones on the mud court.
These days, players play the sport wearing shoes as they help them to move and run faster. The mat is made in such a way that the players get a grip.
Kabaddi as a sport as always been associated with dust and mud, however as the sport is going international, the bouts are played on mats.
Things to keep in mind while buying a kabaddi mat:
- Material: Always check the material used in, you can look for the texture, stickiness, eco-friendliness.
- Texture: This is important as texture affects how sliding and slipping a player wants. Texture helps in providing comfort.
- Thickness: The mat should not be very thick or very thin. A thin mat can cause injury and might be an uncomfortable platform to play on. 1/8 inch is the standard thickness of a kabaddi mat.
- Stickiness: It is important to have this component in your mat as it helps in maintaining the alignment as the player moves from one position to another.
At Garg Sports International, we have variety of mats for kabaddi and you can have a look, here.
Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which gymnasts perform on a floor with a hoop, ball, rope, ribbons or clubs. This women-only performance is done with music in group or individual events.
History of Rhythmic Gymnastics
Back in the 1800s, rhythmic gymnastics was placed as one of the variants of group gymnastics. Then in 1930s, it emerged as the first experimental competitions in Eastern Europe.
Rhythmic gymnastics came from different art forms like classical ballet such as arabesques, also the Swedish method of incorporating free exercise in order to develop rhythm.
In 1963, the FIG recognised this as an official event and in 1964 an international tournament was organised in Budapest.
Ludmila Savinkova became the first world rhythmic gymnastics champion.
In 1984, the sport was included in Olympic Games. Since then it has been a part of the entire event.
In the first year, Lori Fung from Canada bagged the gold medal.
Equipment for Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Hoop: It should be made of wood or plastic. The inner diameter can vary from 80 to centimetres. It should weigh at least 300 grams.
- Ball: It should be made of soft plastic or rubber and diameter should be 18-20 centimetres. Weight – 400 grams at least.
- Rope: The rope has no set length as it is relative to the height of the gymnast.
- Clubs: Two bottle-shaped clubs are used by the gymnasts. It looks like a bowling pin only much slender and the height is 40-50 centimetres. It is made of plastic or wood and weigh at least 150 grams.
- Ribbon: A single 7 metre ribbon made of satin is used. The ribbon is supposed to be in a fluid motion during the entire performance.
Check out the collection of equipment offered by Garg Sports International, here.