Yoga may be the most popular fitness activity in countries such as Australia, but in its home country of India, it is no longer officially recognized as a sport.
Although the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India recognized yoga as an official sport in 2015, as of Dec. 21, 2016, they derecognized it once again.
It was reported back in September 2015 by The New Indian Express that the decision to prioritize yoga as a sport 14 months ago. It was even placed in the “priority” category which is normally reserved for events that compete in the Olympics, Commonwealth, or Asian Games.
This priority sports category gave the Yoga Federation of India more funding and support to have competitive yoga events held across the country and even inter-nation competitions.
The reversal of the decision, however, was made because it was determined that yoga has too many limbs and nuances that prevent it from being an acivity that can have standardized worldwide competitions.
The New Indian Express also published a letter addressed to the Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Sprts Association. It stated that the derecognition of yoga as a sport would be made effective immediately and no Nastional Sports Federation for yoga would be recognized by the Ministry.
The letter also stated that all future matters relating to yoga would be handled from here on by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).