Assam CM Launches Logo and Mascot for Khelo India University Games 2024

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.
Assam CM Launches Logo and Mascot for Khelo India University Games 2024
Assam CM Launches Logo and Mascot for Khelo India University Games 2024

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

Ashtalakshmi, an embodiment of grace and symbolism, represents the rich biodiversity and natural splendour of the 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 the Northeast India.

Among the attendees were Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Nandita Garlosa, Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare, Government of Assam, Kausar Jamil Hilaly, Secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare Department, Government of Assam, along with a host of sports organisers, 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, the Chief Minister of Assam, 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.”

“As Chief Minister, I express my government’s unparalleled support in organising this mega event which personifies our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of investing in our youth through sports. We look forward to welcoming over 5,000 participants and delegates for this prestigious event,” added Sarma.

Speaking on the occasion, Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, 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.”

“Drawing inspiration from the remarkable achievements of athletes who have soared to prominence through platforms like the Asian Games, we recognise the transformative power of sports in shaping lives and transcending boundaries,” he added.

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.

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