Manipur’s indigenous game ‘Thang-Ta’ to be included in the upcoming Khelo India Youth Games 2021. Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju for the inclusion of the state’s indigenous game.

Gatka from Punjab, Kalaripayattu of Kerala, and Mallakhamba, a well-known sport played in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will also be part of the Games.

 

Speaking about the decision, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted saying, “I’m very happy to announce that 4 Indigenous Games have been added, along with Yogasana, to Khelo India Youth Games 2021, to be held in Panchkula, Haryana. India has a rich culture of indigenous games and it is our endeavour to preserve, promote and popularise these.

 

Earlier, Kiren Rijiju had taken to Twitter to announce that the Sports Ministry formally recognised yogasana as a competitive sport and will enable the ancient practice to avail government funding.

A National Yogasana Sports Federation of India (NYSFI) was also established for preservation and development of yoga as a competitive sport. It was recognised by the sports ministry as a National Sports Federation (NSF) last month.

The event will see 51 medals in four events and seven categories. Events proposed include traditional yogasana, artistic yogasana (single and pair) , rhythmic yogasana (pair, free flow/group yogasan), individual all round-championship and team championship.

A pilot championship – National Individual Yogasana Sport Championship – has also been proposed to be held in February 2021, followed by district, state, national and World Championships. The two ministries have also developed an automated scoring system for competitions.

The four selected games represent different parts of the country.

Kalaripayattu, also known simply as Kalari, is an Indian martial art that originated in modern-day Kerala. Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal is one of them who practices this sport.

Mallakhamb, Mallakhamb is a traditional sport, originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which a gymnast performs aerial yoga or gymnastic postures and wrestling grips in concert with a vertical stationery or hanging wooden pole, cane, or rope.

Gatka, is associated with the Sikhs of the Punjab who practice an early variant of the martial art. It is a style of stick-fighting, with wooden sticks intended to simulate swords.

Thang-Ta – Manipuri martial art is called Thang-Ta (sword and spear). It is dedicated to fighting skill and worship.

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