In this Aug. 6, 2014 photo, Indians watch a Pro Kabaddi League match in New Delhi, India. Kabaddi, an ancient South Asian sport, has not only turned modern but suddenly has two international leagues to boast of. Now there’s two professional international leagues - one in India and another which recently kicked off in London. Backers of the pro leagues are marketing slick new versions of kabaddi that they hope will compete with the mushrooming franchise-based sports leagues in India - particularly cricket, the runaway success story of them all. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

NEW DELHI (AP) — For centuries, shirtless and shoeless young warriors gathered and grappled on patches of muddy ground near the foot of the Himalayas, practicing the ancient contact sport of Kabaddi.

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