Khelo India Youth Games: Maharashtra End at the Top with 228 Medals

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With 85 golds, hosts bag the Champions Trophy as well.

The Khelo India Youth Games came to a rousing conclusion with hosts Maharashtra walking away with a record 228 medals, of which 85 were gold. That also saw the side win the Overall Trophy at the Khelo India Youth Games yesterday.

Their medal tally included a haul of 85 gold, 62 silver, and 81 bronze. Maharashtrian sportspersons and officials were conferred with the trophy by the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and state Sports Minister Vinod Tawde at the closing ceremony in Pune.
Javadekar expressed that the performances of the athletes at the Games had highlighted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of “5minute Aur” for sports ideology. He further added that the government was inclined to bring in a mandatory one-hour daily sports period in every school across India.

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Tawde too reflected with his views, saying he wanted not just 5 minutes, but fifty minutes of play besides encouraging all the sportspersons. Last years runner-ups, Maharashtra ended their 2019 campaign ahead of the Khelo India School Games 2018 winners Haryana, who came in at the second position with a haul of 62 gold, 56 silver, and 60 bronze to make for a total medal tally of 178 medals.

Delhi came in at the third position, the same place that he had in the last edition, with a tally of 48 gold, 37 silver, and 51 bronze, to make for a total of 136 medals. The final day witnessed as many as 15 gold medals being conferred, eight of which were in archery.

The event was again dominated by Maharashtra, Haryana, and Jharkhand who picked two apiece whereas Delhi and Punjab went home with one each.

Haryana were the winners in the hockey event, winning the girls U-21 final. That raised their tally in hockey up to third gold from four finals. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Kerala, on the other hand, won a gold each in the volleyball event.

Gujarat’s Manush Shah was adjudged as the singles champion in U21 table tennis event, whereas Sabhi Patwari of West Bengal won the Girls Under-21 singles.

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