The 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games is scheduled to be held in Haryana and will include traditional and indigenous sports of India.
The Khelo India Youth Games is back after the pandemic with a grand launching ceremony of its 4th edition through the unveiling of mascot, logo, jersey and theme song.
The logo sports a running athlete in saffron and green colours along with other elements that signify the essence and glory of the state of Haryana. The mascot is Dhaakad, which is the bull that is believed to be the secret behind the superhuman strength of Haryana’s sons and daughters. The anthem song, penned and performed by rap star Raftaar, glorifies almost every sports star of the state, including hockey legend Sandeep Singh, India’s first Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Kapil Dev and Sakshi Malik.
The event that was held in Panchkula, was attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur. “We are proud and honoured to host this edition of the Khelo Games. We can’t wait to welcome the country’s youngest sporting talent to our beloved state,” Manohar Lal said.
The sporting event will be held from June 4 to 13 in Haryana, and will witness the participation of 8,500 athletes across 25 disciplines, India’s five traditional games — Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, Mallakhamba and Yogasana will feature as demonstration sports. “The Youth Games and the recently concluded University Games under Khelo India would definitely inspire youth to go for big targets in future. The Government of India is steadfast in its efforts for the athletes to excel,” Anurag Thakur said.
Tau Devi Lal Stadium in picturesque Panchkula will be the hub of all action while Chandigarh, Ambala, Shahbad and Delhi will host some of the competitions.