Odisha Hosts KIU Games

With a vision to promote culture and excellence in competitive sports, the first edition of Khelo India University Games was announced on 6 January by the Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik.

Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister for Human Resources and Development, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel and Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju graced the occasion.
State Government will host the prestigious event from 22 February 2020 to 1 March 2020 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in Bhubaneswar in association with Sports Authority of India, Association of Indian Universities, KIIT University as the host university, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the National Sports Federation (NSFs).

Khelo India University Games will witness over 4000 athletes from 100 Universities across India vying for top honours in 17 different disciplines namely archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby and kabaddi.

The launch ceremony of the KIUG today was also attended by Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister for Higher Education, Tusharkanti Behera, Minister for Sports and Youth Services, Govt of Odisha and AchyutaSamanta, Founder KIIT University and Member of Parliament. Top athletes and national hockey players too were present at the ceremony. 

“I am truly delighted to announce that the first edition of the Khelo India University Games will be held in Bhubaneswar; a city which has gained the repute of being the Sports Capital of India. I commend the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India for taking this initiative of having an annual sports event of this magnitude at the University level. I am sure the true spirit of sportsmanship will be showcased during this event. Odisha State Government and KIIT University will ensure all the participants will have a memorable experience during the event," Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik, expressed during the launch.

Minister Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, believes the Khelo India University Games will strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambition to make India a super power in sports.

“The Khelo India University Games is yet another empowering initiative of Government of India that hopes to not only give a platform to young students to showcase their talent in sports but in the long run it will develop a culture to pursue sports at this level and eventually contribute to the
true spirit of sportsmanship will be showcased during this event", said he. 

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