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Yoga to be included in Asian Games as demonstrative sport

2 Jul 2024

Yoga will be a demonstration sport with no medals on offer in the Asian Games 2026, to be held in Nagoya, Japan.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President PT Usha wrote a letter on June 26th to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) acting President Randhir Singh, requesting him to include Yoga in the Asian Games.

This ancient Indian sport will not offer any medals in the Asian Games 2026; it will be added as a competitive sport in Doha Asiad 2030. India has also been trying to get Yoga included as a competitive sport for the Olympic Games 2036 if it secures the right to host the games.

Yoga has been witnessing worldwide acceptance. The Louvre Museum in Paris plans to offer visitors Yoga sessions with instructors ahead of the Olympics, which start this month. The Sports Ministry-run Mission Olympics Cell intends to recommend six games for the Olympics, including Yoga, Kabaddi, T20 Cricket, Chess, Kho Kho, and Squash.

Yoga is also a part of the Khelo India Games.

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