Who is the National Governing Body of Kho- Kho?
Kho-Kho is a traditional game of India whose origin can be traced back to Mahabharata where warriors chased each other on chariots.
With evolution of few ideas, this chase was given the name of Kho-Kho and recognized by sport lovers in 1914 and a committee was formed to lay down the rules and regulations of the game by Poona Gymkhana.
Indulgence by private sport bodies over a period of years made Kho-Kho popular and it came to be loved by all for its thrill and excitement. But it was not before 1956-57 that Indian government gave recognition to the game on National level.
Kho-Kho Federation of India became the National governing body of the game and was set up at Cuttack, Orissa in 1956-57. It initiated the first National Championship tournament (Men) in 1960 held at Vijay Wada. The success of the championship made K.K.F.I confident and welcoming women participation in the game they organized the first National women Kho-Kho championship held in the year 1961.
Over a period of years Kho-Kho federation of India took the game to new heights and at present it operates with its branch in each state to organize the following Championships -
- National Championships
- Junior National
- Sub-Junior Championships
- School Championships
- Mini Championships
With the distribution of awards –
- Arjuna award
- Eklavya award for men
- Rani Laxmi Bai award for women
- Veer Abhimanyu award for boys under 18 and
- Janaki award for girls under 16
This game in which players thrive to catch and evade each other is a game of power and stealthily Kho-Kho is making its move to invade hearts of sport lovers globally.