Guwahati: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today jointly announced Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games, currently scheduled to take place after the Tokyo Olympics next year. The Games will be held in Panchkula in Haryana.
The announcement was made via video conferencing on Saturday, July 25, in the presence of Sports Minister of Haryana Sandeep Singh, Secretary of Sports Shri Ravi Mital and Director General of Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan.
"I am very happy to announce Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. Khelo India Games, envisioned by our Prime Minister, has been instrumental in identifying grassroots level talent from across the country, who have represented India in international sporting events. It is the Mahakumbh of sport. Haryana already has a very strong sporting culture and has given the country some of its best athletes. I am sure that with the Games being hosted in the state, more and more aspiring athletes from Haryana will be motivated to take up the competitive sports" Rijiju said.
Star Sports will be the Official Broadcast Partner of the Khelo India Youth Games "Star Sports has catapulted the Khelo India Youth Games into an annual event in the country's sporting calendar. When a young athlete sees himself or herself on a national television channel, it not just motivates the athlete, but also other youngsters watching the broadcast to take on sport as a serious career. I am very happy that the partnership is being continued", Rijiju said, after making the announcement.
During the announcement, Manohar Lal Khattar said, "As a state, Haryana has always promoted sports in a big way and supported its athletes. Hosting the Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana will only add greater impetus to our commitment towards creating a strong sporting ecosystem."
It needs mention here that Haryana has been consistently doing well in all three editions of KIYG. While they came second in the KIYG 2019 and 2020 editions (200 medals in 2020 and 159 medals in 2019) they emerged at the most superior side in the KIYG 2018 edition with 102 medals (38 gold, 26 silver, 38 bronze).