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Khelo India Youth Games launched

The third edition of the ambitious Khelo India Youth Games will take place on a larger and grander canvas in the picturesque locales of Guwahati, starting from January 10, 2020 and ending 13 action-packed days later.

From Left To Right- Swapna Burman, Lovlina Borgohain, Union Sports Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju, Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal & Hima Das unveil the Official Jersey of Khelo India Games 2020

This was announced today at the launch ceremony event, attended by Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Government of India, Shri. Kiren Rijiju. The event marked the unveiling of the composite logo of the 3rd edition of the Games, the players jersey, the Games Mascots and the theme song at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai. Athletes Hima Das, Swapna Burman and Lovlina Borgohain joined the ceremony, which was attended by a host of dignitaries from the world of sport.

Envisioned by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, the Khelo India Games was launched in 2018 to imbibe a culture of sports in the country and to fortify it at the grassroots level with the eventual goal of making India a sporting powerhouse.

The Host state, Assam is confident that the Khelo India Youth Games will enthuse its kids and youngsters to take up sports in a big way, consolidating their dream of emerging as a hub for sports talent in India. At the same time, they will want to showcase their culture and emerge as a tourist destination.

This year, over 10,000 participants from across the country will compete in 451 medal events and the coveted purse in 20 sport disciplines, two more than last year, making it one of the largest sporting initiatives for Indian youth ever undertaken. This year, Cycling and Lawn Bowls have been added to the list of competing sport events.

“I am delighted to welcome the Khelo India Youth Games to Assam. The Games will surely inspire all the children in the state as well as the entire North-East region to take up sports and bring glory for themselves, our state and indeed our country,” Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal expressed at the launch.

“We assure each participating athlete a wonderful experience in our state which is known for its rich culture and hospitality. We are equipped with state-of -the-art infrastructure to make it a memorable experience for all the participants ,” he promised.

Honourable Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C), Government of India, Shri Kiren Rijiju, a resident of Arunachal Pradesh, too believes that the Games can spark a revolution across the North-East region.

“The Khelo India Youth Games is one of the most empowering initiatives of the Indian Government that hopes to not only give a platform to youngsters from all over the country to make a future in sport, but also to build India into a sporting nation,” Shri. Kiren Rijiju said at the launch ceremony here on Saturday.