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Sports Ministry approves inclusion of 4 Indigenous Games to be part of Khelo India Youth Games 2021

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Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, Mallakhamba included in Khelo India Youth GamesMinistry of Youth Affairs & Sports has approved the inclusion of 4 Indigenous Games – Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba as part of 4th Edition Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) in 2021 set to take place at Panchkula, Haryana.

i.The inclusion will help in preservation, promotion and popularization of these games.

ii.Along with the 4 games, Yogasana will also be a part of the Khelo India Youth Games 2021.

Key points:

i.Kalaripayattu – Also known as ‘Kalari’ is a martial art having its origin in Kerala.It is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in India.

ii.Mallakhamba – ‘Malla’ means wrestler & ‘Kamba’ means pole, athletes perform gymnastics on a wooden pole or a rope. It is practiced majorly in Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra.

iii.Gatka – A traditional fighting style having its origin in Punjab and is practiced by Nihang Sikh Warriors as self-defense, sports.The Theory and Techniques of Gatka  were taught by the Sikh gurus.

iv.Thang-Ta (armed combat) – A martial art which has its origin in Manipur. Thang-ta is one of the 2 components of the martial art – ‘Huyen Langlon’, the other being Sarit Sarak (unarmed fighting).Thang-ta – Thang  (Sword) & ta (Spear).


i.In the Khelo India Youth Games 2021, Yogasana is proposed to have 51 medals in 4 events and 7 categories.

ii.The events proposed are Traditional Yogasana, artistic yogasana (single and pair), rhythmic yogasana (pair, free flow/group yogasan), individual all round-championship and team championship.

iii.Yogasana was recognised by the Sports Ministry as the National Sports Federation (NSF).

Recent Related News:

i.On July 25, 2020 The Minister of State of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju and Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar announced that Haryana will host the 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games(KIYG) in 2021 at Panchkula in Haryana.

About Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports:
Minister of State, Independent Charge – Kiren Rijiju
Headquarters –  New Delhi