Know all about India's very own rugby game called Yubi Lakpi
Indian 'jugaad' has always gone to extreme ends and coconut snatching is just one form of a game that has evolved with time
We have all heard of Rugby and American football due to their popularity across the world. India too has seen a recent surge in the promotion of rugby across the county especially amongst the youth levels of the game. But there is one sport similar to rugby that has had its presence in the country for a long time. Manipur is the home of India's very own version of rugby named Yubi Lakpi. The coconut snatching game is extremely popular across the state and has been played for several centuries and by several generations of passionate sportsmen.
The origins of the game are disputed with many saying that Yubi Lakpi is an evolution of the historic ceremonial enactment of nectar sntaching in the Samudhra Manthan. Apart from that, the literal translation of Yubi Lakpi taken from the Meitei language is 'coconut snatching'. There are several claims that rugby has evolved from this game but the evidence to support this is minimal.