Sports Ministry Grants Recognition to Indian Kalarippayattu Federation as RSF

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has recognized the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation (IKF) as Regional Sports Federation (RSF) with an immediate effect.
This decision was taken with a view to promote and provide due acknowledgement and importance to sports having regional spread. This recognition also grants major role to the IKF for promotion and development of Kalarippayattu sport in India.

About Kalarippayattu sport

  • Kalaripayattu sport is a Martial art played/performed in Southern state of Kerala and in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu.
  • It had originated as a martial art style in Kerala during 3nd century BC to the 2nd century AD. It was originally practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunadu region of Karnataka.
  • It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting system in existence and each warrior in the Sangam era received regular military training of it.
  • The word kalari has been derived from Sangam literature which describes both a battlefield and combat arena.



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