Sports ministry recognises yoga as a sports discipline

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yogaThe government, on 1 September, decided to recognise yoga as a sports discipline, and put it in priority category.

This apart, fencing has also been upgraded from ‘Others’ to ‘General’ category, based on the past performance in major international events. Also ‘University’ sports have been placed in the ‘Priority’ category.

The ministry of youth affairs and sports has decided that sports disciplines included in the multidiscipline mega events such as Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, which have obtained a ranking of up to eighth in individual events and up to 10 in team events in Olympics/Asian Games/CWG or their respective Asian and World Championships, shall be placed in ‘General’ category.

As per the ministry’s press release, the categorisation of various disciplines has been reviewed, and revised the scale of financial assistance admissible to each category. This was conveyed to International Olympic Committee (IOC) and all national sports federations.

Financial assistance for this category—national championships are to be funded, one international event in India in a year and, a maximum of one foreign exposure each in senior and junior categories can also be funded during a year.

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