22 December, 2020
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The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous sports:
Gatka, Kalaripayattu, ThangTa and Mallakhamba in the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2021, scheduled to take place in Haryana.
Kalaripayattu has its origin in Kerala and has practitioners all over the world, Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal being one.
Mallakhamba, meanwhile, has been well known across India. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been the hotspots of this sport.
Gatka originates from the state of Punjab and this traditional fighting style of the Nihang Sikh warriors is used both as self defence as well as a sport.
Thang-Ta, a Manipur martial art has passed into oblivion in the recent decades.
About Khelo India Programme
Source: India Year Book
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