New Delhi: Keen to ensure that India's earthy sports don't lose relevance, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today announced that her constituency Indore will host the third Asian Kho-Kho Championships, which will feature women for the first time.
The April 8 to 10 event will be organised under the auspices of the Asian Kho-Kho Federation and the Kho-Kho Federation of India with logistical support from the Madhya Bharat Kho-Kho Association and the Happy Wanderes' Club in Indore.
"I have myself been a kho-kho player as a child and I want this sport to develop. Earthy sports like kho kho and kabaddi are our own sports and it is important that we promote what is inherently ours. Besides, these sports also help the youth in channelising their energy," Mahajan said at a press conference to announce the event here.
Eight countries have so far confirmed participation in the tournament. These include Pakistan, South Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.
Over 350 players are expected to compete for top honours in the event.