The Centre has included 21 new sports disciplines including ‘Mallakhamb’ and ‘Sepak Takraw’ in the list of sports disciplines which qualify for recruitment of meritorious sports persons to any post in Group ‘C’ in Ministries/Department of Government of India.
The new sports disciplines include- Baseball, Cycle Polo, Fencing, Mallakhamb, Net Ball, Pencak Silat, Roll Ball, Sepak Takraw, Tenpin Bowling, Tug-of-war, Tennis Ball Cricket, Body-Building, Deaf Sports, Kudo, Motor Sports, Para Sports (for sports discipline included in para-Olympics and Para Asian Games), Shooting Ball, Rugby, Soft Tennis, Triathlon and Wushu. Meanwhile, the Government has formulated several schemes to promote sports and improve the level of sports in the country including in rural areas. According to a PIB release, the information was shared by Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Monday. The number of sports, which qualify for appointment of sportspersons in Central Government offices, has now inccreased from 43 to 63, including indigenous and traditional sports.