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Khelo India School Games Launched by Modi

Published on February 02, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games (KISG) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.
  • The Khelo India School Games (KISG) are being held from 31st January to 8th February 2018 in New Delhi.
  • This week-long inaugural edition will be an Under-17 event where athletes have been invited to participate across 16 disciplines: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
  • 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals are at stake in the Khelo India School Games (KISG).
  • The ceremony showcased the rich 'Guru-Shishya' tradition of the country in grand style.
  • The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establishing India as a great sporting nation.
  • Its basic aim is to encourage young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future champions
  • According to Mr. Modi, it was the first step towards making the country a strong contender at the Olympic level.
  • While addressing the crowd he urged the youth to take up to sports actively as it is an important tool for the development of the nation.
  • He mentioned that the event will highlight the country's sporting talent and its potential to the world.
  • He said that Khelo India was not only about winning medals. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more. It would help in making sports more popular across the nation.
  • It was announced that the best 1000 athletes will get a scholarship of Rs 5 lakh every year. The identified talented players in these Games will be provided an annual financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh per annum for a period of eight long years.

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