It’s an ambitious target, one that officials admit would involve some stretching to reach.
Yet, the government appears determined to ensure that its showpiece event in New Delhi this month — to mark the inaugural International Day of Yoga — makes it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest such session at a single venue.
And so, the target: apart from the 40,000 expected to perform asanas at Rajpath, organisers have been asked to rope in at least 100 expats representing 100 countries for the mega exercise from 7-7:35 am on June 21.
The bid is to get people of 100 nationalities to participate and make the event’s claim for a Guinness record stronger and more unique, said sources associated with the event.
While the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) is the main organiser of the event, the responsibility of arranging volunteers, including the foreign nationals, has fallen on the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) under the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
“Yoga is quite popular in a lot of countries. The event is also aimed at popularising yoga further throughout the world. Foreign nationals will also participate in the event. We are trying to get people from the maximum number of countries. But there is no target that so many countries must be represented,” Youth Affairs Secretary Rajeev Gupta told The Indian Express.
The NYKS has already ensured confirmation from nationals of at least 40 countries but pushing that number up is proving to be difficult, sources said.
International students at the top university campuses and institutions were being looked at as possible participants but many of them have left for their home countries in the vacation period, they added.
Every ministry, especially AYUSH, is said to be doing its bit to supplement the efforts of NYKS in increasing the foreign representation at the event.