Guwahati: Union minister of sports and youth affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday launched the third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games that is scheduled to be held from January 10 to 22 in Guwahati, Assam.
The forthcoming games will have two additional sporting disciplines — cycling and lawn bowls — with over 10,000 participants from across the country slated to participate in a total of 451 medal events during the 13-day event.Assam Chief During the ceremony, the composite logo, players jersey, mascots and the theme song of the youth games was launched at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati.
Noted sports persons from the region including Hima Das, Swapna Burman and Lovlina Borgohain were present in the event, which was graced by a host of dignitaries from the world of sport.
“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,” Rijiju said during the launch event.
“I invite every sports-loving and talented youngster to grab this opportunity and begin his or her journey towards excellence. Playing sport is also a great way to build one’s character and have a fitter body and mind,” he added.
The Khelo India Games was launched in 2018 to imbibe a culture of sports in the country.
“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 Northeast region to take up sports and bring glory for themselves, our state and indeed our country,” Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said during the launch ceremony.