On November 30, 2019 The union sports minister Shri Kiren Rijiju launched the logo, players jersey, mascots and theme song of the 3rd edition of the Khelo India Youth Games(KIYG) at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam. The games are scheduled to be held from January 10-22, 2020. Over 10,000 students will be participating in a total of 451 medal events.
AOA to launch ‘Grassroot Olympic – Mission Talent Hunt’ to groom talent:
- On November 18, 2019 the Assam Chief Minister(CM) Shri Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the Assam Olympic Association (AOA) would launch a programme called ‘Grassroot Olympic – Mission Talent Hunt‘ to identify the sports talent in the state and groom them. It is also to be noted that Sonowal is also the president of the association.
- Regarding this, a committee under the chairmanship of Vice Chairman of the Association and Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika was also formed during the meeting.
- The AOA will organize sports events in 5 categories covering players from 10 to 60 years of age in the state.
i.2 additional sports have been included in the Khelo India youth games. They are Cycling and Lawn Bowls.
ii.Scholarship: Around 3000 athletes have already benefited from the Khelo India Scheme by winning a scholarship of Rs 5 lakh per annum, with Rs 1.2 lakh going directly into their account, annually for eight years.
iii.Members Present:Top athletes Hima Das, Swapna Burman and Lovlina Borgohain, Assam’s chief minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, along with other officials were present during the event.
About Khelo India:
Khelo India- It is the biggest sporting event in India. It is a national level multidisciplinary grassroot games in India held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students.
Fact1- It was first launched in 2018 in New Delhi under the name Khelo India School Games (KISG). Haryana emerged as top performers in the first edition.
Fact2- The second edition was launched in Pune, Maharashtra, where Maharashtra emerged as the top performers.