On Wednesday, Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, officially launched 33 Khelo India Centres in Rajasthan at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Additionally, he disclosed plans for the establishment of a National Center of Excellence in Rajasthan, complete with a specialized sports science facility. Furthermore, there are intentions to introduce 18 more Khelo India centres in the state. Consequently, the overall count of Khelo India centres in Rajasthan will be increased to 51.
Moreover, Ashok Chandna, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports from the Government of Rajasthan, graced the occasion with his presence. Alongside him, notable personalities from the State, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the Sports Authority of India were also in attendance.
Highlighting the significance of the Khelo India initiative, the minister Anurag Thakur expressed his thoughts during his speech at the occasion:
“The Khelo India games have a big role to play in all of this success. Every year, so many athletes participate in the Youth, University and Winter Games, and the exposure is taking them to big places like these. Through these Khelo India Centres, I am hopeful that more and more athletes from Rajasthan will be moulded from here. The present, past and future athletes are also getting equipped through these.”
Presently, more than 17,000 athletes are undergoing training within KICs, and there are already 699 former champion athletes employed nationwide. The total count of officially established Khelo India Centres throughout the country is 960, with 715 of them actively operating.
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