I can't help wondering if kabaddi's chances of being accepted as an Olympic sport are being damaged by the fact that it's so hard to believe. I don't mean that the feats some of its players manage seem unbelievable, in the way it seems unbelievable for Michael Jordan to make a home for himself several feet off the ground. I don't mean that, as might be said of riding a bicycle straight up a mountain, it's hard to believe that anybody would want to do such a thing, even for a gold medal and a cereal-endorsement contract. I mean that it's...

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