Khelo India Youth Games: The missing block in the puzzle of Indian sports.
Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) is considered to be a major milestone in the journey of the development of sports in India. Being inaugurated on 31st December 2018 by the Hon. PM Mr. Narendra Modi, these games mark the rising of the new sun in the horizon for every sportsperson in India. The main attraction of these games is that it encourages the talent at the younger stage of their game, i.e. KIYG hold competition under the category of Under-17 and Under 21 in the respective games. These players qualify from various national level championships and school level championships to appear in the KIYG from their respective state federations. The major highlights of the games is that the medalist in these games are awarded with a scholarship of 5 lakh rupees for 8 years to help them prepare for the international events. The games include almost 20 sports with a total of 451 gold medals on the stake of the winning. The main purpose of these games is to encourage the grassroots level talent of India. Logo of KIYG 2019, Maharashtra Source: Editions of KIYG · KIYG 2018:- The first edition of KIYG was held in New Delhi in the year 2018. With this the most awaited vision of former sports minister Shri. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, come into existence. Delhi becomes the host for the first edition of KIYG. This was the first time when the sports for young talent getting the attention in the media as well as the television, with Star Sports becoming the official broadcaster of all the disciplines of the games. Various international players of the games collided with the talent of grass root level in these games. In the first edition of the games 209 gold medals are at stake under 16 sports. The players were participating only Under 17 years of age category. With Haryana topping the medal tally with 36 gold medals the games mark the beginning of a new era for Indian sports. · KIYG 2019:- With being much bigger and better KIYG returns in 2019 as Pune, Maharashtra being the host. With a total of around 9000 players participating in respective sports, scope was extended as under 21 category was also included this time for various sports. Star sports also doubled the coverage of KIYG in this edition by covering more games than before. With a total of 403 gold medals at winning stake the number of games is extended to 18. Host Maharashtra won the KIYG championship in this edition with 85 gold medals. · KIYG 2020:- This time the sports returned with a giant format with Guwhati, Assam hosting the games this time. The numbers of events have increased to 20 this time, and the event started with a very large opening ceremony with Shanker Mahadevan performing live in it and Hima Das being the torchbearer. With a participation of over 10000 players from around the country Maharashtra was again crowned the champion with 78 gold medals. Maharashtra contingent with KIYG winning trophy Source: According to research statics there are currently over 302 million students enrolled in our education system out of which only around 25000 appeared in all the format of KIYG. We can only imagine the amount of talent that is still hidden in the society, but KIYG has given Indian sporting culture a new direction and given many youth icons in various sports such as Jeremy Lalrinnunga who created history by winning the gold medal in weightlifting in Youth Olympic Games, World cadet wrestling championship medalist Anshu and many other names to be added. KIYG was started as an ambitious dream but now it is helping to accomplish the dreams of sporting talent in our country. The players are provided with scholarships for their development and sporting kits and equipments for various events. These games can shape the future of Indian youth in the way that we’ll are waiting for. This can be considered as a revolution in the sporting history of Indian culture. #kheloindia #kheloindia2020 #kheloindiayouthgames