Carrom (also spelled carom) is a cue sport-inspired tabletop game of South Asian origin. The game is very popular in Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and surrounding areas, and is known by various names in different languages. In South Asia, many clubs and cafés hold regular tournaments. Carrom is very commonly played by families, including children, and at social functions. Different standards and rules exist in different areas.
The All India Carrom Federation (AICF) (Hindi: अखिल भारतीय कैरम फेडरेशन) is India’s national sport federation for the indigenous game of carrom, sanctioning six to seven national-level tournaments per year. It is India’s representative body in the International Carrom Federation. The AICF has 15 regional and 28 state subnational affiliate institutions, the largest of which is the Maharashtra Carrom Association, further subdivided into local organisations.
The president of the federation (as of 2007) is Rakibul Hussain, and its general secretary is V. D. Narayan Recent national champions include R. M. Shankra, Ravinder Goud and A. Maria Irudayam.