Karnataka to host Khelo India University Games 2021

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Karnataka will host the second Khelo India University Games (KIUG) later this 12 months, state chief minister BS Yediyurappa and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju introduced on Sunday.

The Games will probably be held in Bengaluru’s Jain University and different venues within the state, in partnership with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

KIUG is the biggest University Games within the nation and is geared toward tapping sporting expertise, who can symbolize India in worldwide occasions, together with the Olympics.

The first version of KIUG was held in Bhubaneswar in February 2020, and noticed a complete participation of 3182 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 roster, 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 predicted to cross 4000, this 12 months.

Speaking on the event, Yediyurappa stated, “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 added: “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.”

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