On Thursday, the Sports Ministry official acknowledged yoga as a competing sport, that will allow the ancient practice to avail government funding.
Kiren Rijiju, Sports Minister, and Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of AYUSH (Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy Unani Sidda Homoeopathy) officially supported the ancient practise as a competitive sport during an event.
The movement was formed to promote yoga, create awareness regarding its benefits, and to assist enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of the people.
“Yogasana has been a competitive sport for a long time but it has to be approved by the Government of India so that it shifts an official and recognized competitive sport,” Rijiju said.
“Today is a huge day, we are propelling it formally as a competitive sport and I am assured it will go a long way,” he added. An International Yogasana Sports Federation was established under the presidentship of yoga guru Baba Ramdev with DR HR Nagendra as secretary-general in November 2019.
The National Yogasana Sports Federation of India (NYSFI) was also founded for the maintenance and growth of yoga as a competitive sport. It was approved by the sports ministry as a National Sports Federation (NSF) in November.
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