New Delhi: The Centre has decided to promote yoga as a competitive sport in the country, with an aim to bring awareness about yoga, its benefits and spiritual background amongst youngsters.
On Thursday, Minister of Ayush (Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy Unani Sidda Homoeopathy), Shripad Yesso Naik, and minister of state for youth affairs and sports, Kiran Rijiju, made the announcements about the initiative to promote yoga as a sporting event.
The National Yogasana Sport Federation of India was established recently for the preservation and development of yoga as a competitive sport.
“The Fit India Movement initiated by the Indian government has gained impetus and the Government has promoted yoga as a healthy practice to stay fit. Since the inception of International Yoga Day, the growth prospect for Yoga has been immense,” says NYSFI on its website.
It added that Yogasana as an Olympic event would create a widespread opportunity for expanding awareness of yoga and its myriad health benefits
The Ayush ministry says, “Several countries over the years have embraced yoga as a sport. Competitions have been conducted in several forms and styles for different age and gender groups.”
Sports minister Rijiju said, “Today is an important day for India as Yogasana will be formally recognized as a competitive sport.”