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    Under the auspices of Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Government of India is running the Khelo India scheme which includes Malkhambh game. Under promotion of indigenous games about the government identified 100 such centres all across the country to assist and help them grow.

    One of such centre is the oldest Jummadada Gymnasium in Vadodara. P.K. Raghav, Regional Director, Sports Authority of India (SAI), visited the premises today and reviewed the preparations on the ground. He met the officials and get to know the rich history and discuss on the efforts to promote the sports.

    “The government has identified 12 verticles for promotion of indigenous games. Under this four games, Mallakhamb, Kalaripayattu, Thangta and Gatka are adopted with an aim to revive and promote them. Mallakhamb federation of India chose 100 gymnasiums in India which include the one in Vadodara. I visit the Jummadada gymnasium to review the situation and under the scheme they will get 2.50 lakhs financial assistance, sports kit, equipments and coach facility for players,” said Raghav.

    Under this scheme, funds and equipment for the game of Mallakhamb will be provided by the government. The officials also thanked the government for their efforts to revive and popularise such ancient games.

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