Khelo-India is a national scheme introduced for the upgradation of sports in India. It was kick-started in the year 2018 by the then Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Delhi. This program has been launched to improve the sports culture in India. Since then it is organized every year.
Adding to this, last year Khelo India winter games were started as well. In the same series a new ray of hope for the state and youth of J&K came on Friday. As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2nd edition of ‘Khelo India Winter Games‘ in Gulmarg. He said this will make J&K a new capital of winter sports. Also, this will encourage desire for sports amongst the youth of J&K. This will add feathers to J&K’s economy and tourism.
What the PM has to say.
“These events show J&K is all set for a new age of peace and development. We are working for a new sporting ecosystem in J&K. Khelo India Centers of excellence are setting up in Jammu and Srinagar. Moreover, ‘Khelo India’ centers in Twenty districts, across India. He added that such events will prepare sportsmen for the bigger events like the Olympics.
He ended his speech by saying, ‘’Sports are not just a hobby or ‘time pass’. In sports, we learn team spirit & learn from failures. Sports shape the lives & lifestyle of players. It boosts self-confidence’.
These Games will strengthen the resolve for ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’.
What is the Khelo India Winter Games?
Khelo India Winter Games are the national level winter games of India. It includes events like skiing, snow rugby, snow ice stock, snow baseball, snow mountaineering etc. The first Khelo India Winter Games was held in 2020.
2021: Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing in the Khelo India Winter Games which will conclude on March 2.
1st edition of the Khelo India Winter Games
The 1st edition of Khelo India youth games was held in 2020 at Leh-Ladakh and kongdori in Gulmarg. The event took place on 25th of February( Leh-Ladakh) and 7th to 11th March (Gulmarg).
J&K won the maximum 76 medals (26 gold, 29 silver and 211 bronze). The Indian army stood in 2nd place with 21 medals (8 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze). Uttarakhand stood 3rd with 13 medals 95 golds, 2 silver and 5 bronze).
By such events we can say that India is gradually becoming a sporting nation from a sports loving nation. Now, It will be exciting to see how the event will unfold this year.