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Sports Ministry recognized the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation as Regional Sports Federation

Sep 15, 2015 17:09 IST

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 14 September 2015 recognized the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation as Regional Sports Federation with a view to promote and give due acknowledgement and importance to sports having regional spread.

This recognition grants a major role to the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation (IKF) in promoting and developing Kalarippayattu sport in India.

About Kalarippayattu Sport
• Kalaripayattu sport is a Martial art sport that is performed in Southern state of Kerala and in some parts of Tamil Nadu.
• The word kalari in Kalaripayattu has been derived from Sangam literature which describes both a battlefield and combat arena.
• It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting system in existence with its origin dating back to 3nd century BC to the 2nd century AD when each warrior in Sangam era received regular military training.

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