Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday announced Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games which is currently scheduled to take place after Tokyo Olympics. The Games will be held in Panchkula in Haryana.
Speaking about Haryana hosting the next edition of KIYG Sports Minister Rijiju said, “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,” adding, “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 having to postpone it. I am sure by the time we host the Games the pandemic will abate and we will be able to host the Games at the same scale, with the participation of all states and over 10,000 participants,” the minister added.
Like in the previous editions, this time too, Star Sports will be the Official Broadcast Partner of the Khelo India Youth Games.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, “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”.