Bhubaneswar: The first ever Physical National Yogasana Sports Championships being organised by National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF) in association with Odisha Government has commenced here today.
In the three-day championship, 560 bright and young athletes from 30 states will be competing for 50 medals in different categories.
The event has been conceptualised with the aim to create a global brand of Yogasana as a Competitive Sport and support India’s vision to make Yogasana a sport with an Olympic Roadmap.
Appreciating the support of the Odisha government in hosting the championship, President of NYSF Udit Sheth, shared, “We want to make Yogasana India’s Heritage Sport Brand for the world. It is an honor and privilege to be able to organise the championship in Bhubaneswar. The structure of the championship for Yogasana as a sport has been uniquely curated. We are gratified with the huge participation from all over the country. It is truly an experience to be in the presence of such talented athletes, coaches, and experts. We hope to take Yogasana sport on to the global stage.”
The National Yogasana Sports Federation (recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India) is consistently working towards building a strong culture of fitness, competition, well-being, and growth through the practice and development of Yogasana. Yoga is now being transformed as a sport taking a cue from Kabaddi and Cricket Yoga has the key to a sustainably healthy lifestyle and wellness, it is important to ensure that the youth understand, value, and adopt Yoga in their life.
Speaking at the inauguration, Commissioner Cum Secretary, Sports & Youth Services, R Vineel Krishna, said, “We are extremely happy that the first National Yogasana Sports Championship is being hosted by Odisha. We value sports and make an honest effort towards promoting amongst the youth for fitness. Yogasana is one of the finest mediums of fitness and wellness, and I am delighted that a world-class platform has been collated to promote it in the youth of India and the globe.”
NYSF is working with a vision to build and market the brand of Yogasana through sustainable and scalable development and a competition structure that benefits the athletes, officials, and the sport.
Secretary General, NYSF Jaideep Arya, shared, “Health and fitness should be of utmost priority and there is no better discipline than Yoga. Reinventing Yogasana as a sport is a path-breaking idea, through which we are trying to create a more fruitful relevance for the youth across the globe. At NYSF we have committed our efforts towards promoting Yogasana and maintaining high standards in the competitive sport. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Odisha Government for the maiden championship event. The sports facilities at Bhubaneswar are marvelous to host the event.”