PM Narendra Modi Launches 1st Khelo India School Games

| January 31 , 2018 , 20:25 IST

PM Narendra Modi launch the first Khelo India School Games of 2018  at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. The games will be held between January 31 and February 3.

The games will highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India's sports potential.

The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grass-roots level.

It is expected to help scout young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future champions.

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The week-long tournament will have games like Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. Athletes under-17, across the country have been invited to participate in the event.

A total of 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals are to be won by the atheletes.

Talented players identified in priority sports disciplines by a high-powered committee will be provided annual financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh per annum for eight years.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore said that not just books, but sports also teach one about values of life.

While talking about Khelo India he said, "There are 12 verticals in `Khelo India`, one of which is Khelo India school games and Khelo India college games to create a platform at the highest level for Under-17 and Under-21. We will provide them with the same quality and infrastructure to make them feel as if they are playing in the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games."

Rathore added, "We are focusing on women-oriented sports. So we will encourage women to participate in sports. You teach one generation you would have taught four generations."

Previously the Ministry Of Youth Affairs and Sports initiated a Pledge for Khelo India at the Khelo India School Games Carnival in Delhi on January 28.