New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, PM Narendra Modi said Sports is an important means of personality development and should occupy a central place in the lives of the youth.
Khelo India is not only about winning medals. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more. We want to focus on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation, PM Modi added.
The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India, especially at the grass-root level. It aims at building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as a great sporting nation.
The National Capital plays host to the Khelo India School Games, being organised for the first time. This national level event is for under-17 players. It will see various disciplines being held at venues like Jawahar lal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Karni Singh Shooting Range and SPM Swimming Complex. 16 teams from north, south and northeast India will be vying for glory during these games.
There will be 16 sporting events like Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabbaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weight Lifting and Wrestling.
Under Khelo India Games, around 20 crore children in age group of 10 to 17 years will also be engaged into national Physical Fitness Campaign and the Khelo India School Games is only the beginning of this journey.
These games will also include an All India-level Sports Scholarship which will provide an annual scholarship of five lakh rupees to every athlete selected under the scheme for a period of eight years. Starting from 31st January, this event will culminate on 8th February.
Students are greatly enthused to have got this opportunity to showcase their talent.
A total of 197 gold medals, 197 silver medals and 273 bronze medals will be at stake for the players. Around 3500 athletes, 1250 officials, 800 volunteers and 250-strong other workforce will be participating in this event to make it a grand success. These games will pave the way for the young talent in sports to come out in open and let the world know that the future belongs to them.