Karnataka to host Khelo India University Games 2021

Yogasana and Mallakhamb have been added to the University Games, in a bid to preserve and promote our nation’s centuries-old sporting disciplines.

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Khelo India University Games
Khelo India University Games

Karnataka will be hosting the second edition of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG). Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju announced the same yesterday. Bengaluru’s Jain University and other venues in the state will be hosting the event scheduled later this year.

The first edition of KIUG took place in Bhubaneswar in February 2020. It saw 3182 athletes in the U-25 age group, across 158 universities and colleges from all states participate. This year around, Yogasana and Mallakhamb have been add to the University Games. It is an effort from the government to preserve and promote our nation’s centuries-old sporting disciplines.

Kiren Rijiju hails KIUG as “a sustained, focussed plan”

Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa is glad to have the opportunity of hosting the marquee event. He assured that his government will ensure that the program is a massive success like its previous edition.

 “We are privileged to be hosting KIUG 2021. I am confident that the Games will produce some of the best future champions of India. The Government of Karnataka will leave no stone unturned to make the University games a massive success,” Mr. Yediyurappa said.

With the inclusion of new disciplines, athlete participation will be across 4000 in 2021. The games will be conduct in the U-25 age category per the World University Games norms this year as well. Sports minister Mr. Rijiju hails the games as “a sustained, focussed plan” to identify talent in the country from the grass-root level.

Mr. Rijiju said, “The University Games in Odisha last year was a massive success. Countries that have great sporting performance have often drawn their sporting heroes from the University level athletes. In India, we need a sustained, focussed plan to identify talent from Universities and I am happy that we have been able to do that with KIUG.

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