Khelo India Youth Games 2019
NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS
The importance of sports and fitness in one’s life is invaluable. Playing sports inculcates team spirit, develops strategic & analytical thinking, leadership skills, goal setting and risk taking. A fit and healthy individual leads to an equally healthy society and strong nation.
The Khelo India Youth Games 2019 were declared open in Pune on Wednesday in the presence of a host of sports personalities including double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore received the virtual torch before Rathore joined athletes in taking the pledge as the Games were declared open at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, a media release issued said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message was read out and displayed on the occasion. Several sportspersons including Sushil Kumar, Olympian hockey winners Gurbux Singh and Ajit Pal Singh, badminton legend P Gopichand, shooter Gagan Narang, gymnasts Dipa Karmakar and legendary woman footballer Bem Bem Devi were present.
The ceremony officially kicked off the 12-day extravaganza for over 6,000 Under-17 and Under-21 athletes. Eighteen disciplines are being contested including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey and football.
Gymnast Bavleen gave Jammu and Kashmir their first medal of the Khelo 2019 with gold in the women’s Under-17 all-round rhythmic gymnastics.