Sports Ministry recognises yogasana as competitive sport

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The Sports Ministry on Thursday formally recognised yogasana as a competitive sport, which can allow the traditional apply to avail authorities funding.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Minister of AYUSH (Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy Unani Sidda Homoeopathy) Shripad Yesso Naik formally promoted yogasana as a competitive sport throughout an occasion right here.

The transfer was made to encourage yoga, unfold consciousness about its advantages and to assist enhance bodily and psychological wellbeing of the individuals.

“Yogasana has been a competitive sport for a long time. But it has to be recognised by the Government of India so that it becomes an official and recognised competitive sport,” Rijiju stated.

“Today is a big day, we are launching it formally as a competitive sport and I am sure it will go a long way,” he added.

An International Yogasana Sports Federation was fashioned below the presidentship of yoga guru Baba Ramdev with DR HR Nagendra as secretary basic in November final 12 months.

A National Yogasana Sport Federation of India (NYSFI) was additionally established for preservation and improvement of yoga as a competitive sport. It was recognised by the sports activities ministry as a National Sports Federation (NSF) final month.

Rijiju stated the sports activities ministry will begin by offering monetary help to the NYSFI in order that the federation can chart out its plan for the approaching 12 months. “Till now it wasn’t recognised but now that it has come under us, the Sports Ministry will start by providing the NYSF with financial support to make their annual training and calender.” The Sports Minister additionally stated yogasana can be inducted in future Khelo India Games programme.

“It’s popularity will not doubt increase in India and we will include it in the Khelo India School and University Games,” Rijiju stated.

For competitions, 51 medals have been proposed in 4 occasions and 7 classes within the sport.

Events proposed embrace conventional yogasana, creative yogasana (single and pair) , rhythmic yogasana (pair, free movement/group yogasana), particular person all round-championship and staff championship.

A pilot championship — National Individual Yogasana Sport Championship — has additionally been proposed to be organised in February subsequent 12 months, adopted by district, state, nationwide and World Championships.

The two ministries have additionally developed an automatic scoring system for competitions.

“The reason behind making yoga a competitive sport is to encourage its practice and to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the people,” Naik stated.

“Having yogasana as a part of international event like Olympics etc would provide an opportunity to spread the awareness of Indian yoga and its innumerable health benefits,” he added.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.)

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