Punjab: The Sports Ministry has recognized the four heritage sports of the country including Gatka, Rangripaitu, Thangata and Malkhamb Games and has been included in Khelo India Youth Games -2021, which is being conducted in Haryana.
As part of its commitment to encourage rural or ancestral sports, these four archaic sports are joining Khelo India bouts for the first time and Yogasan has also been included as a sports discipline in the next year youth games including these four heritage games. . These games will be broadcast by Star Sports.
Regarding the inclusion of these sports in the Khelo India Games -2021, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, “India has a rich heritage of heritage sports and it is the first priority of the Ministry of Sports to encourage more and more sports. to be done.”
Kiren Rijiju said that there is no better platform than Khelo India, where athletes of these sports will be able to showcase their sporting arts. He said that these games have been appreciated by all and will be telecasted by Star Sports across the country, so they have full faith that this will be done by sports lovers including sports as well as sports lovers in the 2021 Khelo India Youth Games. We will attract young people to our side and in the coming few years we will be able to include other heritage sports of the country in Khelo Games.
Gatka is a game of the state of Punjab and along with this self-defense game, it is also played as a game. The game is played with shields, swords, wooden sticks, free (shield) of cloth and other sharp weapons. This martial art game teaches swordsman to play in discipline and instills immense confidence.
President of National Gatka Association of India Harjeet Singh Garewal said that it is very happy that Ghatka, the heritage martial art game of the country has been included in the Khelo India Youth Games by the Sports Ministry. We are confident that this glorious Raiyati game of this historic country, which is being forgotten as a result of Khelo India’s effort, will be spread more and will help in making it cheerful.
Harjeet Singh Garewal also said that with this the efforts being made by the National Gatka Association in the country and abroad to make Gatka games cheerful will get more strength and inspiration.
Referring to various benefits of Gatka game, Garewal said that Gatka sport has great importance for women, especially for self-defense and self-confidence. He said that this game is proving very helpful in creating a high character as well as creating a society full of moral values instilled with physical finesse and creative thinking.
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