Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Nisith Pramanik with the mascot

Taking the anticipation and excitement up a notch ahead of the fourth edition of the Khelo India University Games 2024, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the logo and mascot Ashtalakshmi – the vibrant butterfly at a glittering ceremony in Guwahati on February 8.

Ashtalakshmi, an embodiment of grace and symbolism, represents the rich biodiversity and natural splendour of Northeast India. This elegant butterfly adorned with wings featuring cultural motifs and colours from each scale, the mascot depicts a visually captivating representation of the diverse beauty of Northeast India.

Among the attendees were Nisith Pramanik, union minister of state for youth affairs and sports and Assam sports minister Nandita Gorlosa among others along with a host of sports organisers, and athletes from across the eight Northeastern states.

The presence of Northeast’s sports icons, national medal-winning boxer Pwilao Basumatary,  international shuttler Suraj Goala, international table tennis player Divyaj Rajkhowa, Tripura judoka Rikson Debbarma, added to the special occasion.

Reflecting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of investing in youth through sports, Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “Assam has been the sports destination of the Northeast, having successfully hosted mega events like the South East Asian Games, the second edition of Khelo India Youth Games and most recently the Khel Maharan where over 6 lakh youth registered to participate. With Olympic stars like Lovlina Borgohain hailing from our state, our focus on youth development has been at the forefront of our efforts to put Assam on the world map.”

“We look forward to welcoming over 5,000 participants and delegates for this prestigious event,” added Sarma.

Assam will host a total of 16 disciplines during the Khelo India University Games 2024, reflecting the state’s dedication to providing world-class sporting infrastructure. This will include an array of events including athletics, rugby, basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton, hockey, fencing, kabaddi, football, tennis, mallakhamb, judo, table tennis, boxing, and shooting.

The rest of the Northeastern states will play host to four events, including men’s boxing, weightlifting, wrestling and yogasana.

Speaking on the occasion, Nisith Pramanik said: “As we eagerly anticipate the Khelo India University Games 2023, it’s heartening to witness the resolute backing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary initiative aimed at cultivating a thriving sporting culture across the nation. Under the astute guidance of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state emerges as a beacon for sporting excellence, committed to nurturing talent and instilling values of sportsmanship.”

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