Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass root level. There will be 199 gold, 199 silver and 275 bronze medals at stake.
The week-long inaugural edition will be an Under-17 event where athletes have been invited to participate across 16 disciplines: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. The inaugural games will conclude on February 8.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the event is expected to help scout young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions.
“Talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by a High-Powered Committee will be provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum for 8 years,” the Prime Minister tweeted from his official handle @PMOIndia.
The Prime Minister also said that the game will highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India’s sports potential.
“The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establishing India as a great sporting nation,” read another tweet.
The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sport, Col.(Retired) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has called the event a revolution. Rathore also sought the help and support of common people.