Promotion of traditional sports

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The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said in the Rajya Sabha today that the Sports is a State subject and, therefore, it is primarily the responsibility of the State Government to promote and develop Sports in the country. The Central Government complements/supplements the efforts of the State Governments. Under the revamped Khelo India proposal, there is an exclusive component called “Promotion of Rural, Indigenous and Tribal Games” for promotion and development of traditional sports. 

In order to revive such games and promote them among the masses, SAI has adopted the following indigenous games disciplines for their promotion:

  1. a)Kalaripayatu, Kerala
  2. b)Silambam, Tamilnadu
  3. c)Kabaddi, Telengana
  4. d)Archery, Jharkhand
  5. e)Malkhamb, Maharashtra
  6. f)Mukna, Imphal
  7. g)Thangta, Imphal
  8. h)Khomlainai, Assam
  9. i)Gatka, Punjab