5 years down the line, ‘Khelo India’ striving to revolutionise sports ecosystem


The Khelo India initaitive, central government’s flagship scheme for the development of sports, has been playing an instrumental role in promoting sports culture in the country since its inception in 2018.

The upcoming Khelo India University Games 2022 is the latest edition being organised under the Khelo India banner. Inspired by the ideologies of Kaushal, Neeti, and Dhairya, the games will officially begin from May 25 to June 3, 2023, in various cities of Uttar Pradesh.

The initiative takes a holistic approach to develop the whole ecosystem of sports in the country. It includes the identification and nurturing of young talent, the promotion of grassroots sports, creation of infrastructure, and provision of financial assistance and scholarships to athletes.

5 Years of Khelo India

Khelo India has brought about a revolution in the Indian sports ecosystem. It has brought about several positive changes and advancements that have had a transformative impact on sports development in the country.

A major advantage of the initiative is that it has placed a strong emphasis on grassroots sports development. This focus on grassroots development has helped identify and nurture young talent from diverse backgrounds, creating a strong talent pool for the future. As stated by Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, “Khelo India platform is about building excellence in sports and building disciplined, dedicated, and focused youth in the nation’s service.”

The Khelo India initiative has led to significant improvements in sports infrastructure across the country. It has facilitated the construction and renovation of stadiums, sports complexes, training centres, and playing facilities, providing athletes with world-class facilities to train and compete.

Additionally, the initiative places a special emphasis on indigenous games, which has led to a sharp increase in popularity of India’s traditional sporting disciplines like Gatka, Thang-Ta, Mallakhamb, Kalaripayattu, and Yoga.

As pointed out by Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, “2500 youngsters are being supported with Rs. 6.28 lakhs annually under the scheme and being identified to represent India at international competitions. Successful athletes are further being inducted into TOPS for higher levels of training.”

Details of Khelo India University Games Uttar Pradesh 2022 (KIUG UP 2022)

In a statement released by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, more than 4000 athletes from around 200 Indian universities will compete in 21 sporting disciplines at the games. In addition, for the first time, Rowing will be a part of the Khelo India University Games.

The games will witness two indigenous sports disciplines, namely Mallakhamb and Yogasana, which were part of the last edition of the Khelo India University Games held in Karnataka and will also be part of this edition.

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