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Four cities shortlisted for Yoga Day main event

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

The preparations for holding the International Yoga Day this year are on in full steam. The Centre has shortlisted four cities–Jaipur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Mysore – for holding the main event on June 21.

These four names will now be sent to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) which will select one city and then finalise the venue of the main function.

"We have already started the preparations. The main function of International Yoga Day (IYD) will be held outside Delhi. Four cities–Jaipur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Mysore–have been shortlisted for selecting the venue of the main function of International Yoga Day this year," a senior AYUSH Ministry official said.According to the official, several states were

consulted and based on their responses the four cities were shortlisted.

In the lead-up to the main event, an international yoga festival would be held in March end, which will be followed by 10 state-level fests to be held in different parts of the country.

"The aim is to build an atmosphere of Yoga in the lead-up to the main event and sensitise the masses about the grand function on June 21," the official said.

"We want to convert Yoga into a bigger activity, stretch  it over the entire year and not just restrict it to a one-day event," he said.

Besides, the government will soon declare 100 parks especially dedicated for yoga activities across the country to promote this traditional practice.

The United Nations General Assembly, heeding to a call by Prime Minister Modi, had made a declaration in December 2014 to observe June 21 every year as IDY.

Last year, the main event of the IDY was held in Lucknow in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated.

The first IDY celebration was organised at Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015, in which representatives of 191 countries took part. In 2016, the main function was held in Chandigarh.




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