Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju said that the Indian government will try to push for the inclusion of the sport in the 2024 edition of the sporting extravaganza.
“Kabaddi is a perfect example of how an indigenous sport has grown successfully,” reported The Quint quoting the sports minister.
“This I feel is the beginning of the sports culture that we envisaged for India which is now becoming a reality,” he added.
“We will definitely push hard for Kabaddi to be part of the next Olympics as we are a billion-plus powerful nation and so for this to become possible, we will have to put all our efforts together, but I am very confident about it.,” he further said.
It was due to India’s intense persuasion because of which kabaddi became an Asian Games event since 1990 in Beijing, China.
The sport was first introduced in Asian Games in 1982 as an exhibition sport.
Inclusion of kabaddi in the Olympics, however, will require intense lobbying.
Rijiju, however, did not reveal much as how is the government going to lobby for the sport’s inclusion in Olympics.