Karnataka might be internet hosting the second Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2021, scheduled for later this 12 months. The announcement was made on Sunday by the Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa, and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju. The video games might be held in Bengaluru’s Jain University and different venues within the state, in partnership with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). KIUG is geared toward tapping sporting expertise who can symbolize India in worldwide occasions, together with the Olympics.
Hon. CM of Karnataka Sh. @Bsybjp and Hon. Sports Minister Sh. @KirenRijiju introduced Karnataka because the host state and Bengaluru because the host metropolis of this 12 months’s Khelo India University Games. Jain University would be the host college. #KIUG2021 pic.twitter.com/lOUqZ1T9so
— Khelo India (@kheloindia) February 21, 2021
The first version of KIUG was held in Bhubaneswar in February 2020, and noticed a complete participation of three,182 athletes within the U-25 age group, throughout 158 universities and faculties from all states.
This 12 months, Yogasana and Mallakhamb have been added to the University Games, with an effort to protect and promote the century-old sporting disciplines of the nation.
With the inclusion of those disciplines, the athlete participation determine is anticipated to cross 4000 this 12 months. Also, the video games might be performed within the U-25 age class in accordance with the World University Games norms.
Speaking about being the host state and assuring the very best assist for the video games, Yediyurappa mentioned: “We are privileged to be hosting KIUG 2021, I am confident that the Games will produce some of the best future champions of India. The Govt of Karnataka will leave no stone unturned to make the University games a massive success.”
Envisioning even bigger participation this time round, Rijiju mentioned, “The University Games in Odisha last year was a massive success. Countries that have great sporting performance have often drawn their sporting heroes from university-level athletes. In the US for instance, the University Games are the bedrock of Olympic champions. In India, we need a sustained, focused plan to identify talent from Universities and I am happy that we have been able to do that with KIUG. This year, with the inclusion of the indigenous games in the competition, I’m hopeful that the number of participants will be even more.”
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