Imphal: In an effort to promote the indigenous games played in Northeast, the Sports Ministry on Sunday announced the inclusion of Manipur’s widely played indigenous martial arts game “Thang-Ta” besides three other games from various states in the Khelo India Youth Games 2021 to be held at Panchkula in Haryana.
The other three games include Gatka, Kalaripayattu and Mallakhamba.
While announcing the decision, union minister of youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju said “I’m very happy to announce that 4 Indigenous Games have been added, along with Yogasana, to Khelo India Youth Games 2021, to be held in Panchkula, Haryana. India has rich heritage of indigenous sports, and it is a priority for the Sports Ministry to preserve, promote and popularise these games.”
There is no better platform than the Khelo India Games where athletes of these games can compete, Rijiju added.
The union minister also assured to add more indigenous sports in the coming years at the Khelo Games.