Haryana will host the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games which is expected to be held after the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on July 25 announced Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games via a video conference. The games will be held in Panchkula in Haryana.
Speaking about Haryana hosting the next edition of KIYG, Rijiju said: “I am very happy to announce Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. Khelo India Games, envisioned by our prime minister, has been instrumental in identifying grassroot 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 competitive sport.”
“Usually the Khelo India Youth Games take place in January of every year. However, this time owing to the pandemic, we are postponing it. However, I am sure by the time we host the games, the pandemic will abate and we will be able to host it at the same scale, with participation of all states and over 10,000 participants,” he added.
Like in the previous editions, Star Sports will be the official broadcast partner of the Khelo India Youth Games.
During the announcement, Manohar Lal Khattar said: “Haryana has always promoted sports in a big way and supported its athletes. Hosting the Khelo India Youth Games will only add greater impetus to our commitment towards creating a strong sporting ecosystem. Panchkula is equipped with the best sporting infrastructure to host a multi-sport event like Khelo India Youth Games and there is enough lodging facilities for the large number of participants who are expected to attend.”
The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games was organized in Guwahati from January 10-22.