These 5 traditional games participated in the Khelo India Youth Games, what do you know about them?

Chandīgarh: From June 4 to June 13, 2022, the Khelo India Youth Games 2022 will be held in Haryana. In these, 5 sports of Indian origin have also been included in 25 sports of the under 18 age group. Apart from Panchkula, these matches will be played in Shahabad, Ambala, Chandigarh and Delhi. About 8,500 players will take part in these games. The Khelo India Youth Games was launched in 2018 and its credit goes to the then Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. For the first time, 5 traditional Indian games Gatka, Thang-Ta, Yogasan, Kalaripayattu and Malkhamb have been included in the Khelo India Games. Among them, Gatka, Kalaripayattu and Thang-Ta are traditional martial arts, while Malakhambha and Yogasana are sports involving physical exercises.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (@YASMinistry) posted several posts one after another on the Koo app, the country’s own micro-blogging platform. Regarding the first of these sports, the ministry said: “A system of exercises, involving breath control and stretching, which helps to relax our mind and body.” It is believed to have started with the birth of civilization!

Meanwhile, posting another Koo, the ministry wrote, ‘Did you know that Gatka is one of the 5 indigenous sports included in #KheloIndiaYouthGames2021? It is a mixture of acrobatics and fencing and was introduced at the end of the 17th century as part of the self-defense of Sikh warriors fighting against the Mughal Empire.

Detailing about Thang-Ta, the ministry said that ‘#Did you know that Thang-Ta is the second of the 5 indigenous games included in #KheloIndiaYouthGames2021? These are movements mixed with a breathing rhythm. It was developed amidst the warlike atmosphere of Manipur and played an important role in its geopolitical setting.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur also gave information about the five traditional games to participate in the Khelo India Youth Games by making Koo app. He wrote, “5 traditional games will be included in the 4th Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Haryana. Gatka, Thang-ta, Yogasana, Kalarapyattu and Malkhambh.

Which 5 sports have been included in Khelo India Youth Games 2022 :-

Gatka :-

The Punjab government recognized the game of Gatka as a martial art, which was included in the Khelo India Youth Games for the first time. Gatka Nihang is the traditional fighting style of Sikh warriors. Players also use it as a self-defense game. The operation of the weapons of this art is practiced during the religious festivals of the Sikhs.


Thang-ta is an ancient Manipuri martial art. It includes a variety of fighting styles. The word thang means sword and the word ta means spear. Thus, the Thang-ta game is played with a sword, a shield and a spear. This art is also known as a traditional folk dance along with the art of self-defense and war.


Yoga is an ancient heritage of Indian culture and yoga is beneficial for the human body and mind. Players of all sports are definitely including yoga in their training routine these days. In an effort to develop yoga as a competitive sport, it has been included in the Khelo India Youth Games-2022.

Kalaripayattu :-

Kalaripayattu is a traditional martial art of Kerala. This game is also known as Kalari. This includes kicking, wrestling, and predetermined methods. Kalaripayattu is considered one of the oldest fighting methods in the world. It is also very popular among the Malayali community in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, North Eastern countries of Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Malakhambh :-

Malkhambh is India’s oldest traditional game. It is made up of a combination of two words, in which the word Malla means warrior and the word Khambh means pillar. In this, the players demonstrate their physical flexibility by showing different feats related to yoga and fitness with the support of a wooden pole. In Malkhamb, all parts of the body can be trained in a very short time. This game was declared a state sport by Madhya Pradesh in 2013.

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