Organisations involved with the sport in India

The primary sports body for this game is called the Kho-Kho Federation of India (K.K.F.I.). It has its branches in all the states and it has been conducting Mini, Junior and Open National Championships for both sexes, in many parts of India.


KHO KHO, an aancient game of undevided India, probably was derived from the different strategy and tactics of "Kurukshetra" was in maharashtra. The Chariat fight during the war and zigzag pathways followed by the retreating soilders indicates the formation of Chain Play- a defence shill in yhe game of kho kho. On the 13th day of war, the Chief of kaurav Army, Guru Dronacharyya drew a typicalstratagic formation - CHAKRABYUHA keeping Jayadratha in main entrance with seven soilders to draw in and kill the enemy. Veer Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna, entered into the trap but could not get his way out and in the process got killed. He fought gallantly alone against seven soilders attempted by Abhimannyu resembies the idea of 'Ring Play' -a defence tactics in kho kho game.

In the year 1936, during the event of BARLIN OLYMPIC one Kho Kho Team from Pune Exhibited the sailent feature of the game of kho kho.

kho kho, based on natural principles of physical development. fasters a healthy comiative spirit of team understanding.

Asian Championship 1996 was held in 'Tera Flex' court at Kshudiram Kendra, Kolkata.

Asian kho kho federation (AKKFI) came into being after the demonstration game during 3rd S A F Games hels in Kokkata in 1987. Kho Kho made its entry into Internationl spots arena via 1st Aisian Kho Kho Chaimpionship- 96 held at Kolkota in 1996 under the Auspices of AKKF and KKFI and organized by the West Bengal Kho Kho Association (WBKKA), India and Bangladesh were the Winners and the Runners - up respectively.

The participants are Bangladesh, Pakistan, SriLanks, Nepal and host India.

In 2nd ASIAN KHO KHO CHAMPIONSHIP IN DHAKA 2000 India, SriLanks, Nepal, Thailand, Japan and host Bangladesh participated


Kho Kho which in its simplest form involves chasing and touching a person. With its origins in Maharashtra, Kho-Kho in ancient times, was played on 'raths' or chariots, and was known as Rathera. Kho-Kho ranks as one of the most popular traditional sports in India. The origin of Kho-Kho is difficult to trace, but many historians believe, that it is a modified form of 'Run Chase'

Like all Indian games, it is simple, inexpensive and enjoyable. It does, however, demand physical fitness, strength, speed and stamina, and a certain amount of ability. Dodging, feinting and bursts of controlled speed make this game quite thrilling. To catch by pursuit - to chase, rather than just run - is the capstone of Kho-Kho.The game develops qualities such as obedience, discipline, sportsmanship, and loyalty between team members.

The rules of the game were framed in the beginning of the 20th century. At Gymkhana Poona, a Committee was formed in 1914, to frame its rules. The first ever rules on Kho-Kho were published from Gymkhana Baroda, in 1924. In 1959-60, the first national Kho-Kho championship was organized in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh). The Government has initiated the following awards for the game: 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.


Key Players

A number of players have bagged the Arjuna Award. Some of these players are:

Shri Shekhar Dharwadkar, Shri Shrirang Inamdar, Usha Nagarkar, Nilima Sarolkar, Achala Devare.