Sports Ministry permits 4 indigenous sports in Khelo India Youth Games 2021

The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous Games to be a part of Khelo India Youth Games 2021, which is scheduled to be held in Haryana. The four new games are, Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba. The four selected games represent different parts of the country and will get national recognition with the help of the Khelo India Youth Games 2021.

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Place of origin of the newly inducted games

  • Kalaripayattu has its origin from Kerala.
  • Mallakhamba is practised in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Gatka originates from Punjab. It is a traditional fighting style of the Nihang Sikh Warriors, used both as self-defence as well as a sport.
  • Thang-Ta is a Manipur martial art.

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