The third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games will take place on a larger and grander canvas in the picturesque locales of Guwahati, starting from January 10, 2020 and ending 13 action-packed days later.
The logo of the 3rd edition, along with players’ jersey, games mascot and theme song were released at a function in Guwahati on November 30 in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju.
Athletes Hima Das, Swapna Burman and Lovlina Borgohain joined the ceremony, which was attended by a host of dignitaries from the world of sport.
Envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Khelo India Games was launched in 2018 to imbibe a culture of sports in the country and to fortify it at the grassroots level with the eventual goal of making India a sporting powerhouse.
The host state, Assam is confident that the Khelo India Youth Games will enthuse its kids and youngsters to take up sports in a big way, consolidating the dream of emerging as a hub for sports talent in India. At the same time, it will want to showcase the culture and emerge as a tourist destination.
This year, over 10,000 participants from across the country will compete in 451 medal events and the coveted purse in 20 sport disciplines, two more than last year, making it one of the largest sporting initiatives for Indian youth ever undertaken. This year, Cycling and Lawn Bowls have been added to the list of competing sport events.
“I am delighted to welcome the Khelo India Youth Games to Assam. The games will surely inspire all the children in the state as well as the entire Northeast region to take up sports and bring glory for themselves, our state and indeed our country,” Sonowal said.
“We assure each participating athlete a wonderful experience in our state which is known for its rich culture and hospitality. We are equipped with state-of -the-art infrastructure to make it a memorable experience for all the participants ,” he added.
Speaking at the function, Kiren Rijiju said that the games can spark a revolution across the Northeast region. “The Khelo India Youth Games is one of the most empowering initiatives of the Indian government that hopes to not only give a platform to youngsters from all over the country to make a future in sport, but also to build India into a sporting nation,” he said.
“I invite every sports-loving and talented youngster to grab this opportunity and begin his or her journey towards excellence. Playing sport is also a great way to build one’s character and have a fitter body and mind,” he added.