India plans to develop yogasana as global sport

People do yoga at the Marine Drive waterfront in Mumbai on Sept 30, 2020.
People do yoga at the Marine Drive waterfront in Mumbai on Sept 30, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

KOLKATA - Having deftly transformed the ancient practice of yoga into a contemporary soft power tool, India is now pitching to develop yogasanas - defined yoga postures that require choreographed movements - as a competitive global sport.

It is a goal that will be nurtured by national and international championships featuring medals and broadcast-friendly packaging which, if all goes well, could even generate spin-off career opportunities for athletes and coaches.

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