Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 1st edition of Khelo India University GamesFebruary 23, 2020
The inaugural edition of the Khelo India University Games was launched here on Saturday during a dazzling opening ceremony, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gracing the occasion with his virtual presence.
Speaking to the august gathering through a video link, the Prime Minister declared the Games open and exhorted the athletes to better their own performances. “It is a historic moment for Indian Sports. With the launch of Khelo India University Games India has entered the league of countries where university games are organized at this level,” said the Prime Minister through video conferencing.
As many as 3400 athletes from 159 universities across the country will vie for top honours across 17 disciplines, including rugby which is among the six-team events.
The KIYG officially began on Friday morning with competitions in archery, fencing, football, basketball and volleyball. It is the largest ever multi-discipline sports event being conducted at one venue for University students and hopes to unearth talented sportspersons for India.
The games will be staged across 10 venues in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack. The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology will be the main center for the sporting extravaganza. The number of medals up for grabs includes 206 Gold, 206 Silver and 286 Bronze.
Top universities like Panjab University-Chandigarh, Guru Nanak Dev University-Amritsar, Maharishi Dayanand University-Rohtak, Punjabi University-Patiala and Delhi University Sports Council, Delhi will all be vying for top honours at the first-ever Khelo India University Games.
Ace sprinter Dutee Chand, who is a student of KIIT, the host university, will also be part of the University Games.