What is late Kho?


Kho Kho is a popular street game that most people have played at some point in their lives. However, most of us are unaware that it is a legitimate event with well-written rules and regulations.

Late Kho is when an active chaser delays in the touch for giving Kho to another.

The necessities for playing Kho Kho

  • A large open area (traditionally 27 metres by 15 meters)
  • Two poles or sticks should be placed at either end of the pitch and should be about shoulder height for the players.
  • Chalk or string (for marking out the perimeters of the play area)
  • Traditionally, 12 players are involved (but any number above six is fine)

History of Kho-Kho

The history of the Kho-kho game can be traced back to India. It is a highly popular rural sport in India. It’s a game that’s popular all around the country. Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasad Mandal, Baroda, was the first to establish the recorded notes of kho-kho. When the Akhil Maharashtra Sharirik Shikshan Mandalay held a competition in 1928, they popularised the game. In the years 1956-60, the Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh held the first national kho-kho championship. It is usually played on a clay surface, but currently it is sometimes played on a tetron surface to speed up the game.

A short description of Kho Kho skills are as follow:

Giving Kho and Chasing the Runner: 

Giving Kho and Chasing the Runner:  If he fails to pronounce this term, a foul is called and the Kho Kho regulations are broken.

Fake Kho and Sudden Kho: 

Fake Kho is a tactic to divert the chaser’s attention or distract him from chasing the runner. The chaser appears to give Kho to his teammates while actually chasing the runner.

The chaser offers immediate Kho to a teammate in sudden Kho, making it difficult for the runner to avoid being captured.

Choosing direction: 

The chaser team member must carefully keep his foot out of the box because his foot will choose which way he will run to catch the runner; else, a foul will be called.


This requires a lot of training and practise to master. This is a fairly successful means of contacting and catching the chaser. The chaser then pounces on the active runner and touches him out. Pole Diving is a unique style of diving. In this type of diving, the runner ensures that he has a wooden pole to support him while diving to contact the runner. Players use specific Kho Kho Training approaches to improve their above-mentioned skills.


When an active chaser delays in the touch for giving Kho to another. Changing The Direction. When an active chaser goes in the wrong direction against rules.