Bhubaneswar: The inaugural ‘Khelo India University Games’, which will be held here February 22 to March 1, will see more than 4,000 athletes from 176 institutes vying for top honours in 17 disciplines.
Some of the top universities of the country, including Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University, University of Delhi, University of Calicut, University of Calcutta, University of Mumbai, University of Kerala, LNIPE University, Gwalior and University of Madras will send their athletes for the Games.
“With 176 universities from across India registering to participate in the first edition of ‘Khelo India University Games’, we are confident this will create a new revolution in sports at the varsity level where youth of U-25 will get a great platform to showcase their talent in 17 different disciplines,” SAI DG Sandip Pradhan said Monday.
“The vision behind hosting this multi-discipline sporting extravaganza is to create a robust university games and identify talent who can be trained for the Olympics. Across the world, university games have formed the basis for identification and nurturing of Olympic talent,” Pradhan added.
The 17 disciplines in which the athletes will compete in are archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby and kabaddi.
Most of the events will be held at different venues within the KIIT University Campus here. Badminton and table tennis will be played at JN Indoor Stadium in Cuttack while the athletics events will be conducted at the Kalinga Stadium.
“Odisha is a sports-loving state and we have hosted several marquee international events. I am confident this event will set yet another bench mark and the true spirit of sportsmanship will be showcased. Our officials are working round-the-clock for a smooth execution of the event and to ensure everyone has a memorable experience,” said Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera.