IOA hopeful of Kho Kho's inclusion in 2026 Asian Games

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta said he is hopeful that Kho Kho, a traditional Indian sport, will be included in the 2026 Asian Games roster scheduled to be held in Japan.

Kho Kho is currently played by 25 countries across the globe.

"Kho Kho was formally recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia during the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2018.

I hope it gets full status in the 2026 Asian Games," Mehta, who is also the Asian Kho Kho Federation President, said.

"My dream is to see Kho Kho eventually grow to the level of Commonwealth Games and Olympics."

International Kho Kho Federation President Sudhanshu Mittal also exuded confidence that the sport will be included in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, as a 'demonstration game'.