10-k players from across country to participate in Khelo India Youth Games at Panchkula in Feb, Khattar reviews preparations

SGT Times Reporter

Chandigarh, December 4

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that all preparations would be completed by December 31 for the successful conduct of the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games in Panchkula which is scheduled to be held from February 5 to 14, 2022.

As many as 25 different types of sports will be organized in this sports event, in which about 10000 players from across the country will participate. This opening ceremony will be held on February 5 at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector-3, Panchkula, he added.

The Chief Minister said this while addressing the media persons after inspecting the preparations being made for the Khelo India Youth Games at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula today. Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sandeep Singh also remained present on this occasion.

The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for allowing Haryana to host the Khelo India Youth Games.

The Chief Minister informed that 25 different sports would be organized under Khelo India Games. There are 20 such games that are already being organized. Besides this, five regional games have also been added this time, which include Gatka of Punjab, Thang-Ta of Manipur, Kalaripayattu of Kerala, Malkhamb of Maharashtra and Yogasan.

An amount of Rs. 250 crore will be spent on the development of necessary infrastructure for these games, of which Rs. 150 crore will be spent for infrastructure development and Rs. 100 crore will be spent on other equipment and facilities.

He said that all the preparations for the infrastructure being developed as per the requirement of all the sports would be completed by December 31. Entire arrangements are being made for the lodging and boarding, and transportation of the players.

Divulging detailed information about the games, the Chief Minister said that along with Panchkula, these games would be organized in Ambala, Shahabad, Chandigarh and Delhi.  He said that the final matches of most of the games will start from February 8, which will be telecast live through Star Sports channel. In response to a question regarding compliance with the guidelines of COVID-19 during the Games, the Chief Minister said that compliance with the Pandemic guidelines would be ensured.  He said that two cases of the new variant of the COVID-19  that has just been detected have been found in the country. The health department and all other departments are on alert and the health department is fully prepared to deal with any situation.

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