On Saturday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju announced that Haryana will host the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games. KIYG will start after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, will take place in Panchkula.
Haryana has produced so many elite athletes who have not only represented India but has won so many medals on national as well as international levels.
Wrestlers like Yogeshwar Dutt, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, Para-athlete Deepa Malik, Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Boxer Amit Panghal, shooters like Sanjeev Rajput, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala. Haryana athletes have always delivered up to expectations.
Statements from Kiren Rijiju and Manohar Lal Khattar
“Usually the Khelo India Youth Games take place in January of every year. However, this time owing to the pandemic, we have to postpone it,” Rijiju said.
“However, I am sure by the time we host the Games the pandemic will abate and we will be able to host the Games at the same scale, with the participation of all the states and over 10,000 participants.”
In the last three editions of KIYG Haryana as done far well, while they won it in 2018, they managed to come second in both 2019 and 2020 editions.
Khattar said, “As a state Haryana has always promoted sports in a big way and supported its athletes. Hosting the Khelo India Youth Games will only add greater impetus to our commitment towards creating a strong supporting ecosystem.
Haryana has done very well in the last editions of KIYG and many of our athletes are already training under the Khelo India scheme.”
“Panchkula is equipped with the best sporting infrastructure to host a multi-sport event like Khelo India Youth Games and there enough lodging facilities for the large number of participants who are expected to attend,” Khattar added.
Rijiju then said, “Haryana already has very strong sporting culture and has given the country some of it’s best athletes. 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 competitive sport,” he concluded.