Ministry of Ayush is contemplating a proposal to give ‘Yoga Asanas’ the status of sports to promote it and attempt to include under Olympic Games.

The National Board of Promotion and Development of Yoga and Naturopathy has recommended recognizing yoga asana as a sport so that more youths adopt it, a government official said.

There is a dearth of sport which originated in eastern, Asian and Indian origin in International Sports Arena. An official from Ayush Ministry said, “Promoting it as a sport will be an added attraction for the youth. So, maybe by the time we have the Olympics in 2036 or 2040, yoga asanas may find a place in the mega event.”

Joint secretary in Ministry of Ayush, PN Ranjit Kumar conveyed the whole thing is under consultation and they are engaging in discussion with the Sports Ministry.

Speaking at the ‘6th India Wellness Conclave 2019- Nurturing the wellness industry for healthier and Happier India.” Organized by FICI on Wednesday, he said that with India targeting to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024, the contribution of the wellness industry is poised to be USD 50 billion at current growth rate.

“However, we should aim for a faster growth to make it USD 100 billion industry and center of new India growth story, he said.

He reminded the incredible number of people is taking up Yoga around the world. This year, on International Yoga day, 2.8 crore people participated in yoga events according to provisional number. The number was 85 lakh in 2016.

“These are the people who follow the Yoga protocol on their won without compulsion. It is not about Yoga. It is about wellness, about maintaining one’s health, taking care of self and about a happier India.


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