Haryana Government on July 12, 2021, announced that ‘Khelo India Youth Games, 2021’ will be organized in February 2022 due to a possibility of the third wave of COVID-19 in October-November 2021.
The decision to postpone ‘Khelo India Youth Games, 2021’ was taken during the first meeting of the Organizing-cum-Coordination Committee for the preparation of the competition under the chairmanship of Haryana CM Manohar Lal, stated the state government’s official statement.
Sandeep Singh, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs was also present in the meeting.
Khelo India Youth Games, 2021 postponed, why?
•Khelo India Youth Games, 2021 will be a competition to be held in the ‘under-18’ category.
•Haryana CM said that as the Director of AIIMS, New Delhi and many health experts have warned about the third wave of COVID-19 in October-November 2021, officers responsible for organizing the Games are advised to ensure all COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed.
•Earlier, the Games were proposed to be organized from November 21 to 30, 2021 across 5 places namely Delhi, Ambala, Shahbad, Chandigarh, and Panchkula.
•The official statement further read that further talks should be held with the Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur about the Games and explore possibilities of organizing some events of the Games in Himachal Pradesh.
Khelo India Youth Games, 2021: Key points
•Khelo India Youth Games are the national-level multidisciplinary grassroots games in India.
•The Khelo India program has been introduced to revive sports in India at the grass-root level and develop India as a great sporting nation.
•While giving a presentation to the Haryana CM, Pankaj Nain, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Department explained the features of Khelo India Youth Games, 2021. The Games will be held in the ‘Under-18’ age group across 25 different sports competitions including five indigenous games.
•Khelo India Youth Games, 2021 will witness more than 8,500 players in the games. Of the 5,072 athletes, 2,672 are male athletes and 2,400 female athletes.
•The mascot ‘Dhakad’ has been decided for the Games. The ‘Logo’ and ‘Jersey’ will be issued soon too.