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  Odisha to host National Yogasana Sports Championships
08 Nov 2021

With an aim to become the global stage for nurturing yogasana as heritage sport of India, Odisha is all set to host the 2nd National Yogasana Sports Championships at Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar from 11 to 13 November 2021.

Organised by the National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF), in association with the Govt of Odisha, the championship would feature over 500 yogasana athletes from across 30 states. There would be more than 50 medals up for grab.

“Yoga has been at the heart of wellness globally and to ensure that our youth understand and appreciate yoga, we have now packaged yogasana as sport,” said Odisha Sports Minister, Tusharkanti Behera.


Yogasana sport for both male and female categories has been included in Khelo India Youth Games, 2021. The recognition of Government of India makes NYSF eligible for financial assistance for the conduct of national championships in all the categories, viz. senior, junior, and sub-junior and participation in international sporting events.

Addressing the need to create a global brand of yogasana as sports Udit Sheth, President, NYSF said, “We are grateful to the unrelenting support of the Govt of Odisha towards taking sport and yogasana forward. With this first championship on-ground, we are all poised to create great coaches, curriculum and electronic scoring systems to benefit our sport in India and globally.

At this first championship we are expecting to create a point and ranking system with a great competitions calendar for our athletes. Soon more exciting competition formats to be announced for the sport.’’

Dr Jaideep Arya, Secretary General, NYSF said, “NYSF is committed to promoting and maintaining a high standard of yogasana (yoga postures) as a competitive sport across the country. The formats that have been introduced will make the asanas entertaining to view and hence expand the fan and spectator base for yogasana as a sport. Being a cost-effective sport to train, participate and organise is enabling rapid expansion across the country.”

Formed in December 2020, NYSF has significantly and rapidly gained momentum and successfully launched the first National Yogasana Championships in a short span of three months. 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. The Federation is on the mission to gain an athlete-base across 600 districts building the brand value of more than 1000 crore in the next five years.

In Indian traditions, yoga is not only a meditative and spiritual practice but also a physical exercise. In view to the realization of that need, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India recognized National Yogasana Sports Federation of India in December 2020.

The NYSF has been formed by like-minded stakeholders who intend to create a strong culture of fitness, competition, well-being, and growth through the practice and development of yogasana. The NYSF is recognized by the India Olympic Association as its associate member and also part of the international federation ‘World Yogasana Sports Federation’.
PICS: Yogasana athletes performing postures during a camp held recently in Puri.


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