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Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary to headline for Khelo India Youth Games

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An aspiring, sporting and young India will find complete representation in the Khelo India Youth Games, scheduled to take place here from January 9.

The prestigious event brings many arms of Indian sport like Indian Olympic Association (IOC), Sports Authority of India (SAI), National Sports Federations, Association of Indian Universities and School Games Federation of India together under one platform.

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The 6000-plus athletes will reflect the diversity of the nation’s youth and showcase their dreams, hopes and desire to make India shine on global platforms. They will not only come from urban and rural areas but also span a wide range of 10-21 years.

Participating athletes in Khelo India Youth Games 2019

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Athletes like Jisna Mathew, who was part of the Indian campaign in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, backstroke swimming specialist Srihari Nataraj, who has already been to the Commonwealth and Asian Games, will come with experience.

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On the contrary, three 10-year-old athletes including footballer Pratima Kumar from Jharkhand, hockey player Laltlanchhungi from Mizoram and West Bengal’s 10m air rifle shooter Abhinav Shaw, who became India’s youngest National shooting gold medalist in November last year will pick up their first experience of competing in a large-scale multi-discipline event.

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The athletes will compete in 18 different disciplines, including a variety of individual and team sport, disciplines in which India has a tradition of excellence and traditional games like Kabaddi and Kho-Kho.


Like Khelo India School Games (KISG2018), Khelo India Youth Games will be the beacon that will proclaim India’s unity in diversity, by bringing together diverse stakeholders.

Manu Bhaker and Jeremy to also headline in Khelo India Youth Games 2019

Youth Olympics gold medallists shooters Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga will be among the cream of India’s young sporting talent competing at the Khelo India Youth Games on Wednesday. The Jaspal Rana-trained Saurabh Chaudhary will also be a strong participant to look out for in the Games. He shot his way to gold at the Asian Games, ISSF World Junior Championships, the Youth Olympics and the Asian Air Gun championships.

Youth Olympic winners Akash Malik and Mehuli Ghosh will also be competing. UWW World Junior championship freestyle silver medallist Deepak Punia and Sajan Bhanwal, who created history by becoming the first Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to win a silver medal at the same tournament, will also be in the fray.

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Bhawna Kothari
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