Over 4,500 athletes from 189 varsities to participate in Khelo India University Games in Bengaluru

The coveted event, which aims to create a platform for youth to showcase their sporting excellence and provides universities from across India a chance to showcase their supremacy outside the education curriculum, is slated to begin on 24th April and conclude on 3rd May.

Over 4,500 participants representing around 190 universities will vie for top honors in 20 different sports including indigenous sports like Mallakhamba and yogasana being introduced for the first time in Khelo India University Games 2021.

“We are absolutely delighted to host the second edition of Khelo India University Games in Jain deemed-to-be University. This is a great initiative under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which will provide the right platform for aspiring athletes to step up their The Karnataka Government is ensuring all preparations are in place so these budding stars can experience a unique Games and we want to ensure the best infrastructure for them to compete. received unparalleled support from the Union Ministry of Sports and SAI and our officials are also working round-the-clock to make sure all participating universities have a memorable Games and enjoy the hospitality of Karnataka, “stated Dr KC Narayana Gowda, Minister of state youth empowerment and sports, while addressing the media on Monday.

While 13 disciplines including weightlifting, wrestling, judo, kabaddi, volleyball, swimming, mallakhambha, yogasana, archery, fencing, karate, boxing and football will be held at the Jain University Global Campus. Football, table tennis, badminton and tennis will be held at the Jain Sports School and shooting will be held at SAI, Southern Center. Both Campuses boast of world-class infrastructure with state-of-the-art amenities for sporting excellence.

A newly-laid synthetic turf for athletics at the Kanteerava Stadium will be used for the first time during the Khelo India University Games while a renovated Field Marshal Cariappa stadium awaits hockey teams to take to the field.

Karnataka Government has also taken up the initiative of making this a unique event by promoting environmental sustainability. Calling it the ‘Green Games,’ the organizers will ensure there won’t be use of single-use plastic at the venues, the Games will serve food at all venues with reusable cutlery and make provision for segregated waste storage and management.

In the inaugural edition held in 2020, Punjab University won the overall championship title and Savitribai Phule Pune University won the runners-up title.

Mangalore University brought glory to the Karnataka State by finishing 5th in the overall medal tally with a total of 25 medals and this year hosts Jain deemed-to-be University finished seventh overall with a total of 16 medals.

Source: Media Release

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