New Delhi, June 22: In the historic development, Saudi Arabia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India regarding the institution of a formal ‘yoga protocol’ to promote yoga in the country. With that Saudi Arabia has become the first Gulf nation to do so.
The MoU was signed on the ocassion of 7th International day of Yoga between India's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed and Abdullah Faisal Hammad, Director General, Leaders Development Institute, Ministry of Sports. With this, yoga has been formally recognized in the country as an important sports activity by Saudi Arabia's ministry of sports.
Experts along with Saudi Arabia’s ministry of sports will be deftly designing the protocols for the gulf nation considering certain local sensitivities prevalent over there.
While yoga has been allowed in the country since November 2017, with the MoU a formal system has been put in place for its practice. The MoU also facilitates collaboration in research, education, and training in the field of yoga with individuals going through specific exams and evaluations to become formally certified trainers.
The MoU has been signed between the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the Leaders Development Institute, Saudi ministry of sports, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.