Stage set for Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati; 6500 athletes to take part in 20 disciplines

January 9, 2020 : The stage is set for launch of the third edition of Khelo India Youth Games scheduled to begin at the Sarusarai Sports Complex in Guwahati tomorrow evening. Chief Executive Officer of the games Avinash Joshi said that all preparations have been made for the games. Mr Joshi said that the technical conduct of the games would be of the international standard. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal urged all to make the event a grand success. Mr Sonowal requested the teachers and parents to encourage their children to come and enjoy the games.

Meanwhile, talking to AIR, Additional Director General of Police S N Singh said that proper security arrangements have been put in place and no one should worry about security.

Defending champions Maharashtra and runners-up Haryana will be locked in a keen tussle in the third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. Maharashtra, who had cornered a grand total of 228 medals in the last edition, have fielded a 579-strong contingent and are expected to be rolling in medals this year too. 

Haryana, the champions of the inaugural edition, boast of 682 athletes and are confident of giving Maharashtra and other 34 States and Union Territories a run for their money. Delhi, Number 3 in both the earlier Games, will also be keen to move up the ladder once the action gets underway.

With more than 6,500 athletes in 20 disciplines, including cycling and lawn bowls which are debuting in Khelo India, this will be the biggest talent search event in India, outnumbering the 5,925 in Pune last year. The onset of more talent in the U-17 and U-21 age groups and the presence of scores of defending champions promises to make this edition more memorable.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli have the smallest team of three athletes, a 100 m sprinter and two table tennis players representing the Union Territory. Making their Khelo India debut, the Union Territory of Ladakh are the only other team with single-digit representation with two archers and five boxers.(Newsonair)