Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju announced that Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games, which is currently scheduled to take place after Tokyo Olympics.
In a video conference held with the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar from New Delhi today, the Union Sports Minister declared that the Games will be held in Panchkula in Haryana. The Sports Minister of Haryana Sandeep Singh, Secretary Sports Ravi Mital and Director General of Sports Authority of India Sandip Pradhan were also present with Minister.
Speaking about Haryana hosting the next edition of KIYG Sports Minister Rijiju said, “I am very happy to announce Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games envisioned by our Prime Minister. It has been instrumental in identifying grassroots level talent from across the country, who have represented India in international sporting events. It is the Mahakumbh of sport. Haryana already has a very strong sporting culture and has given the country some of its 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 the competitive sport”, said the Minister.
Usually, the Khelo India Youth Games take place in January of every year. However, this time owing to the pandemic, it has been postponed. However, he expressed the hope that the current pandemic would end by the time we held the Games. The participation of all states and over 10,000 sportsmen and women are expected to participate in the proposed event.
During the announcement, Manohar Lal Khattar said, “As a state, Haryana has always promoted sports in a big way and supported its athletes. Hosting the Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana will only add greater impetus to our commitment towards creating a strong sporting ecosystem. Haryana has done very well in the last few editions of the Khelo India Youth Games and many of our athletes are already training under the Khelo India Scheme. I am confident that the upcoming edition of the Games will be grand, and I welcome all of you to Khelo India Youth Games, Haryana. Panchkula is equipped with the best sporting infrastructure to host a multi-sport event like Khelo India Youth Games and there are enough lodging facilities for the large number of participants who are expected to attend.”
Haryana has been consistently doing well in all three editions of KIYG. While they came second in both KIYG 2019 and 2020 editions (200 medals in 2020 and 159 medals in 2019) they won KIYG 2018 edition with 102 medals (38 gold, 26 silver, 38 bronze).
Haryana has also produced many elite athletes, such as, wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Vinesh Phogat, para-athlete Deepa Malik, athlete Neeraj Chopra, Boxer Amit Panghal and shooters Sanjeev Rajput, Manu Bhakar, Anish Bhanwala, among others, who have represented and won medals for India at international platforms.