The 2021 edition of the Khelo India Youth Games will be held from November 21 to December 5 this year.
The fourth edition of the annual national-level grassroots event will be held in the cities of Panchkula, Ambala, Shahabad, Chandigarh – in the state of Haryana - and capital New Delhi.
This will be the first time that the Khelo India Youth Games will be held away from the January window and in multiple cities. The inaugural edition in 2018 was held in New Delhi, the 2019 edition in Pune, Maharashtra and last year in Guwahati, Assam.
The Khelo India Youth Games 2021 is set to organise 25 different sports, including traditional sports like Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-ta, Mallakhamba and Yogasana, which will involve almost 8,500 participants under the age of 18.
The committee has also decided to host the BRICS Games 2021 alongside the Khelo India Youth Games in the same venues. The BRICS nations are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The decision was taken in an executive committee meeting of the Khelo India Youth Games, which also had representatives from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
“The Games have been instrumental in identifying grassroots level talent from across the country, who have represented India in international sporting events,” Indian sports minister Kiren Rijiju had said earlier.
Haryana won the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Youth Games in 2018 and finished runner-up behind Maharashtra last year.
With Haryana boasting a rich sporting history, the sports minister believed that handing the Khelo India Youth Games to the state was a step in the right direction.
“Haryana already has a very strong sporting culture and has given the country some of its best athletes,” Rijiju said.
“I am sure that with the Games being hosted in the state, more and more aspiring athletes from Haryana will be motivated to take up a competitive sport,” he hoped.
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