The third edition of the national level multi-disciplinary games event, Khelo India Games will kickstart from 9th January, it was announced by Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Thursday. The SAI media also announced that the complete Khelo India 2020 schedule on its Twitter handle as well.
The thirteen-day event will conclude on 22nd January, with finals of as many as seven sports to be played on the last day.
Around 7,000 students are expected to take part in the Games apart from some 3,000 officials on the organizing side.
Khelo India 2020 Schedule
The Khelo India 2020 will kick-off with three events on January 9, Day ‘0’ of the Games. This includes Gymnastics, Kabaddi, Volleyball. The ninety-minute opening ceremony will happen on Day 1 on January 10.
This will include 1 hour of cultural programs. A gathering of over 25,000 is expected for the ceremony. Sports to be played on this day include Judo and Table Tennis. Major events like Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Swimming and Tennis will be held towards the end.
Here’s the complete Khelo India 2020 Schedule:
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— Khelo India (@kheloindia) December 25, 2019
CAA protests to not harm the Games
Despite Guwahati being engulfed in the protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the organisers had assured that the Khelo India Games will go forward as scheduled.
The government had enforced a curfew last week in the state’s major cities as thousands protested against the CAA.
However, Avinash Joshi, CEO of the Khelo Games, everything was going as per the plan.
“The Games are on track. We lost 2-3 days in between because of the agitation, but now things are back on track and will be held on time. Things are at an advanced stage so interruption of 2-3 days will not affect things. (The necessary) equipment will be in place and all our preparation will be on time,” he said.
“We do not anticipate any security concerns during the event,” Joshi added.
According to an official press release, the organisers are putting up welcome desks near bus stands, railway stations, and the airport of Guwahati. There will also be a helpline for the catering and accommodation needs during the event for all athletes.