The Sports Ministry on Thursday formally recognized Yogasan as a competitive sport, which would provide it government support. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) Minister Shripad Yesso Naik recognized Yogasan as a competitive sport during an event here.
“Yogasana has been a competitive sport for a long time,” said Rijiju. But it needed to get recognition from the Indian government so that it could become an official and recognized competitive sport.
He said, “Today is a big day and we are formally launching it as a competitive sport.” Last year, the International Yogasan Sports Federation was also formed under the chairmanship of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. Dr. HR Nagendra is its general secretary.
The Indian National Yogasan Sports Federation was also formed which was recognized as the National Sports Federation by the Sports Ministry last month. Rijiju said that the Sports Ministry will provide financial support to this National Federation so that it can plan for the coming year.
It’s an important day for India as #Yogasana is formally recognized as a competitive sport. Today, I had jointly declared it with my colleague union AYUSH minister @shripadynaik Ji. pic.twitter.com/loux4OKAQj
– Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) December 17, 2020
The Sports Minister said that Yogasan will also be made part of the Khelo India program. He said, “Its popularity will increase in India and it will be included in the Khelo India School and University Program.” For the competition, 51 medals are proposed in four sports and seven categories. These include Yogasan, Artistic Yoga (singles and doubles), Rhythmic Yoga (singles, groups), Individual Allrounder Championship and Team Championship. The National Individual Yogasan Sports Championship is also proposed in February next year.