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First-ever Khelo India University Games

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First-ever Khelo India University Games

What to study?

For Prelims: Location of university, about Khelo India programme.

For Mains: Need for attention on this, other measures necessary.

Context: The first-ever Khelo India University Games will take off in Odisha.

What is it?

  • It is an aspirational competition for India’s youngsters with the objective of helping them find the balance between sport and education.
  • It is the largest ever competition held at the university level in India and will have about 3500 athletes from over 150 universities across the country taking part in it.
  • There will be a total of 17 sports namely archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby and kabaddi.

About Khelo India programme:

Introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in the country and establish India as a great sporting nation.

  • It is implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Under the scheme, the talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels will be provided annual financial assistance of INR 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.

It will be a Central Sector Scheme (Scheme implemented by the Central Government machinery and 100% funding by the union government).

Sources: pib.