Central government declares Khelo India Games as events of national importance
New Delhi, 07 January 2020: In a first for a sporting talent identification event, the Government of India has declared the Khelo India Games as an event of national importance. The Khelo India Games include Khelo India School Games, Khelo India School Games, Khelo India Youth Games, Khelo India University Games, Khelo India Games for differently-abled persons and Khelo India Games for Indigenous Sports, have been identified as events of national importance.
With this, the host broadcaster of the Khelo India Youth Games, Star Sports, will now mandatorily share the feed of the tournament with Doordarshan so that youngsters even in the most remote areas of the country who may not have access to cable networks can watch the Games and be inspired to take up sports. STAR Sports will telecast the Khelo India Youth Games, slated to start on January 10, 2020, in Guwahati, live for eight hours in Hindi and regional languages on each day of the competition as part of an agreement the broadcaster has with the Sports Authority of India.
"Our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji has said that the Khelo India Games is not just an event, it is a movement. Promoting sports and fitness among the youth and sensitizing parents to motivate young athletes to pursue a sporting dream is a first step towards making India a sporting superpower. The Khelo India Games being declared events of national importance is a significant step towards achieving that goal. It is also a matter of great pride for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. I am confident that this move will inspire more youngsters to step up and pursue sports seriously," said Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju. He added, "The young athletes of India will have a chance to showcase their talent to the entire country through the medium of national television."
Around 6800 athletes are expected to participate in the third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. The athletes will take part in a total of 20 sports with lawn ball and cycling being the new additions to the Khelo India Youth Games. The officials of the tournament have ensured that all the preparations for the competition have been carried out efficiently.
The opening ceremony of the third Khelo India Youth Games will take place at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati on January 10, 2020, before the athletes start participating in the competitive events.