Panjab University (Chandigarh) won the overall championship of the 3rd edition of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG 2022) held in Uttar Pradesh (UP) from 25th May to 3rd June 2023. Panjab University topped the medal tally of KIUG 2022 with a total of 69 medals (26 gold, 17 silver and 26 bronze).
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab – 68 medals (24 gold, 27 silver and 17 bronze) and Jain University, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 32 medals (16 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze medals) were ranked in 2nd and 3rd place.
Top 5 on KIUG 2022 Medal Tally:
|1||Panjab University (Chandigarh)||69||26||17||26|
|2||Guru Nanak Dev University, (Punjab)||68||24||27||17|
|3||Jain University (Karnataka)||32||16||10||6|
|4||Punjabi University (Patiala, Punjab)||34||12||14||8|
|5||Guru Kashi University||28||9||10||9|
Inauguration of Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2022:
On 25th May 2023, Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2022 was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, in the presence of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MoYAS) and Nisith Pramanik, Minister of State (Mos), MoYAS, at Babu Banarasi Das University (BBD University), Lucknow, UP.
About Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2022:
i.Khelo India University Games (KIUG) is a national-level multi-sport event held in India for athletes from universities across India.
The event is organised as a part of the Khelo India movement.
- KIUG 2022 witnessed the participation of over 4750 athletes from more than 200 Universities, who competed for 822 medals (262 gold, 263 silver and 297 bronze) across 21 sports.
- Rowing is the new category of sport added in the 3rd edition of KIUG.
Organiser: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP)
Venues: The sporting events were held at 9 venues in 4 different cities in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi
- Uttar Pradesh: Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida), Lucknow, Varanasi and Gorakhpur.
- Delhi: New Delhi (for Shooting Event)
Mascot: Jeetu, which represents the Barasingha (Rucervus duvaucelii), also called swamp deer, the state animal of UP.
- The game’s mascot Jeetu the Barasingha, the exotic vibrant state animal embodies “Garv se Gaurav”
Games Anthem: “Khelo India – Har Dil Mein Desh”, composed and sung by renowned singer Palash Sen.
Official logo: The logo represents the rich heritage, traditional and historical legacy of UP.
The Torch: ‘Shakti’, the official torch of the Khelo India University Games.
Top medal winners:
i.National Swimming record holder Siva Sridhar of Karnataka’s Jain University, who won a total of 11 medals, including 8 golds, is the most successful male athlete at KIUG 2023.
ii.Goa’s leading swimmer, Shrungi Bandekar of Karnataka’s Jain University who won a total of 9 medals including 5 gold, is the most successful woman athlete.
- She also won the best swimmer individual champion award in women’s category in KIUG 2022.
Highlights of KIUG 2022:
Totally 11 meet records were rewritten at the third edition of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG 2022).
i.Siva Sridhar, who holds India’s national record in the 200m individual medley, won gold in the 400m individual medley at KIUG with a new meet record of 4:37.21.
ii.Vikrant Malik of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology,Bhubaneswar, Odisha, made an 80.00m javelin throw to break the previous record of Rishabh Nehra’s 76.64m at KIUG 2021.
iii.Tanya Chaudhary of Chaudhary Charan Singh University,Meerut,Uttar Pradesh, became the first women athlete to breach the 60m mark at KIUG with an effort of 60.61m.
iv.Samardeep Singh Gill of Barkatullah University with an 18.75m throw in men’s shot put a new record in KIUG 2022.
KIUG 2022 Records:
|Athlete (University)||Event||Old record||New record|
|Siva Sridhar (Jain University, Karnataka)||Men’s 400m medley (swimming)||4:38.98||4:37.21|
|Yoonus Shah (Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University)||Men’s 1500m (athletics)||3:52.54||3:51.61|
|Tanya Chaudhary (Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut)||Women’s hammer throw (athletics)||54.40m||60.61m|
|Shalini Chaudhary (Barkatullah University)||Women’s discus throw (athletics)||47.07m||50.60m|
|Pragyan Prasant Sahu (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology)||Women’s 100m hurdles (athletics)||13.77s||13.63s|
|Vikrant Malik (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology)||Men’s javelin throw (athletics)||76.64m||80.00m|
|Samardeep Singh Gill (Barkatullah University)||Men’s shot put (athletics)||17.98m||18.75m|
|Kushal Kumar Mohite (Shivaji University)||Men’s decathlon (athletics)||6333 pts||6389 pts|
|Harita (Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani)||Women’s javelin throw (athletics)||48.42m||50.14m|
|Pooja (Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani)||Women’s heptathlon (athletics)||4748 pts||4991 pts|
|Sidharth AK (Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, Kerala)||Men’s pole vault (athletics)||4.80m||4.90m|
i.The 1st edition of Khelo India University Games (KIUG 2020) was held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Panjab University topped the medal tally with 45 medals (17 Gold,18 Silver and 10 Bronze).
ii.The 2nd edition of Khelo India University Games (KIUG 2021) was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Jain University, topped the medal tally with 32 medals (20 gold,7 silver and 5 bronze medals).