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SCO headquarters in Beijing holds first Yoga Day event
The SCO comprises of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were last year admitted as full member of the organisation.

  For the first time, a Yoga event was organised at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) headquarters on Saturday, kicking off this year’s UN International Day of Yoga celebrations in China.

The United Nations has declared June 21 as the UN International Day of Yoga in 2014. China, which has huge Yoga following, celebrates the Yoga Day every year with massive gatherings, this was the first time that the event was held at the SCO headquarters.

Besides SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov, Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale, his wife Amita Bambawale, and diplomats from several countries as well as Chinese yoga enthusiasts took part in the event.

The SCO comprises of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were last year admitted as full member of the organisation.

“When I think about Yoga, I think about incredible India. Without incredible India, there won’t be incredible Yoga. I am very happy we have organised this event for the first time. It is very emotional and very sensitive event with the participation of Ambassador of India to China,” Alimov said speaking to PTI after the event.

Alimov, a Yoga enthusiast, said that he thought of organising the event when he visited the International Yoga Centre in Delhi while on a visit to India few months ago to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the SCO summit, which was held on June 9 and 10.

“After the visit to the International Yoga Centre, I promised to myself to organise the Yoga Day at SCO headquarter. Today we are very happy about it. We did it. I was a little bit nervous about participation as it was a Saturday. We prepared 100 places, but more than 150 turned up,” he said.

The participants are from different nations, cultures, and ages. Yoga invited them to be together, he said.
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