Maharashtra is hosting the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 that will conclude on 20 January with an evocative “#5MinuteAur” campaign.
Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend a virtual torch ceremony at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in the evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the event through a video message.
The jersey for the second edition of Khelo India, rechristened as Khelo India Youth Games, was unveiled by Rathore on Sunday. He said that the success of Khelo India School Games held in 2018 was a testimony to the hunger and multitude of sporting talent in India.
Buoyed by the terrific response for Khelo India School Games and with an aim to increase participation in sports across all age groups, we have not just added two sports this year but have also increased the age limit to allow even more enthusiasts to participate and flourish.
-Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
The hockey tournament for boys had started in Mumbai on Monday. More events were held on Wednesday, ahead of the formal opening ceremony.
Khelo India Youth Games 2019
The second edition of Khelo India, Khelo India Youth Games carries a message, “Kheloge Kudoge Banoge Lajawaab” encouraging younger generation to play every day and change an age-old belief.
The Games will see over 10,000 young sportspersons all over the country participating in the two age categories – under-17 and under-21.
The 12-day extravaganza will witness young players contesting in 18 disciplines including athletics, badminton, boxing hockey, football and wrestling. Of these, six are team events whereas the rest of the 12 events will be individual in nature.
The Balewadi sports complex will be the main venue. The archery events will be held at the Army Sports Institute and Girls hockey matches will be at the NDA hockey ground in Pune. Football matches will be played at the Flame University ground and the Police Ground in Shivajinagar.
The broadcast coverage for the second edition has been expanded by Star India. This include live telecast of all 18 disciplines of both age groups in five languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English).
Young Sports Stars At Games
Three 10-year-old athletes, footballer Pratima Kumar from Jharkhand, Mizoram’s hockey player Laltlanchhungi and West Bengal shooter Abhinav Shaw who became India’s youngest National shooting gold medalist in November last year, will be seen competing at the Games.
Young sportspersons like Jisna Mathew, who was part of the Indian team in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, India’s top-ranked women tennis players, Karman Kaur Thandi and Mahak Jain, and swimmer Srihari Nataraj who participated at the Commonwealth and Asian Games, will showcase their talents at the event.
The Khelo India Programme
The Khelo India programme was introduced to revive the Indian sports culture at a grass-roots level by building a strong framework for all sports played in the country. The aim is to establish India as a great sporting nation.
Talented players identified in the priority sports disciplines by the High-Powered Committee will receive annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.
The first edition of the Khelo India School Games was held from 31 January to 8 February 2018 in New Delhi.
It included 16 disciplines such as Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Kabaddi, Hockey, Judo, Kho-Kho, Volleyball, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting, and Wrestling at the Under-17 level.