A big relief for all the athletes across India got a sigh of relief, Haryana will host the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games in Panchkula next year. Though the state had hosted national championships of badminton, para-athletics, boxing and cricket tournaments like ICL in the past, this will be the first time that the state will host a multi-state multi-game tournament. The Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijuju in Delhi announced this decision.
He was accompanied by Haryana Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs and former Indian Hockey team Captain Sandeep Singh while Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar attended the meeting via online platform.
Singh said “It’s a huge honour for Haryana to host the Khelo India Games and it was the vision of our CM Manohar Lal Khattar that we had proposed to host the fourth edition of Khelo India Games in our state. I am thankful to Kiren Rijiju ji for giving us this opportunity. While Haryana’s contribution in terms of winning medals for India has been the highest, the state had not hosted any national games in the past. This opportunity will also motivate youngsters and imbibe competition spirit in the youth of the state. Having multi-sport infrastructure for games like athletics, football, wrestling, badminton and good connectivity worked in favour of Panchkula. We will make sure that any shortcomings in terms of infrastructure are removed”
Rijuju said that the tentative dates for the event will be towards the end of 2021.
On being asked whether hockey tournaments can be held at nearby Shahbad as Panchkula does not have a full asto-turf stadium, Singh said nothing is finalised yet. “We have got more than 16 months to prepare and we will decide about this once things are finalised,”