New Delhi: The Sports activities Ministry has authorized the inclusion of 4 indigenous video games — Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba — to be a part of Khelo India Youth Video games 2021, scheduled to happen in Haryana.
Talking concerning the resolution, Union Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju mentioned, “India has a rich heritage of indigenous sports, and it is a priority for the sports ministry to preserve, promote and popularise these games. There is no better platform than the Khelo India Games where athletes of these games can compete.”
“The games have huge popularity and is telecast across the country by Star Sports, so I am confident that in the 2021 Khelo India Youth Games these four disciplines, along with Yogasana, will get their much deserved attention among sports enthusiasts and youth of the country. In the coming years we will be able to add more indigenous sports at the Khelo Games,” he added.
Kalaripayattu has its origin from Kerala and has practitioners everywhere in the world.
Mallakhamba, in the meantime, has been well-known throughout India and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been the hotspots of this sport.
Gatka originates from the State of Punjab and this conventional preventing model of the Nihang Sikh Warriors is used each as self-defense in addition to a sport.
Thang-Ta, a Manipur marital artwork has handed into oblivion within the current a long time, however the sport will get nationwide recognition once more with the assistance of the KIYG 2021.
“We are glad to know that the sports ministry has included Indian ancient martial art Gatka in the Khelo India Youth Games. We are sure that this effort of Khelo India will certainly help to promote and revive a forgotten Indian traditional martial art having a historical significance,” mentioned Harjeet Singh Gerwal, President, Nationwide Gatka Affiliation of India.
The Thang-Ta federation additionally confirmed that the competitors will vastly popularise the game.
“Over 400 athletes from different States will participate in the competition. We want to be very successful in the competition and this will help us get more recognition nationally and internationally,” mentioned Vinod Sharma, Secretary, Thang-Ta Federation of India.
(With IANS Inputs)