Promoting the indigenous games

2017-03-16 06:03


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DEVELOPING indigenous games at grassroots level, the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation held a Kho kho tournament in Trubel Primary to explore local talent at schools on Thursday, 2 March.
Kho kho is a running and catching game that is played in the sub-continent (Asia).

At least 500 pupils from schools in the Billy Nair circuit participated in the games.
One of the organisers from KZN Department of Sport and Recreation Nathi Hlela said indigenous games were sidelined in the past.

“Our main focus is to reintroduce indigenous games and develop young children into becoming experts in different codes of sport. We are introducing these games because we want the pupils to compete in the district level and represent the province.

Recreation is all about fun, but in this case we intend to instill the passion for sport in pupils from primary to secondary schools.”

Hlela added that the department hope that through the introduction of indigenous games, other codes of sport will develop in schools.

The department said Kho kho is one of many popular games amongst many stream sports such as cricket, hockey, wrestling and traditional games such as kabbadi (wrestling), stick fighting and gilli-danda (similar to cricket).

The game was imported to South Africa by the indentured labourers who were brought from India to KwaZulu-Natal in 1860 to work on the sugarcane plantation.

Indentured labourers used to play Kho kho during their leisure time as a form of sport. These games were then passed on to the generations that followed.

Dino Shunmugam from the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation said due to the expropriation and the Group Areas Act, Kho kho as a sport was lost.
Shunmugam said the game is based on natural principles of physical development and it involves chasing and touching a person.

The department said the game demands a high level of physical fitness, stamina strength, speed techniques and self control.

Organisers are optimistic that other schools throughout the province will adopt indige- nous games as part of their sporting activi- ties.




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