The Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, will inaugurate the Khelo India University Games 2021 at Bengaluru’s Kanteerava Indoor Stadium.
Khelo India University Games, is a national level multi-sport event held in India, where athletes from universities across the country compete in different sports disciplines.The event was first held in 2020 at Odisha. Due to the worldwide pandemic, the second edition of the Games is to be held this year at Bengaluru’s Kanteerava Indoor Stadium.
The opening ceremony will be attended by over 2,500 attendees, including delegates from across the country. It will showcase Karnataka’s rich cultural tradition and a grand laser show will focus on the state as a technology hub.Karnataka sports minister KC Narayan Gowda said: “Apart from all the ministers from Union Government and the state, several top athletes including Prakash Padukone, Pankaj Advani, Anju Bobby George, Ashwini Nachappa and Reet Abraham who have brought laurels at the national and international level, will be attending the ceremony.”
A total of 3,879 competitors from over 200 universities will take part in 20 disciplines, including indigenous sports like Mallakhamba and Yogasana in KIUG 2021. India’s leading swimmer Srihari Nataraj, ace athlete Dutee Chand, long jumper Jeswin Aldrin, archer Madhu Vedwan, and shuttler Shikha Gautam are some of the noted young talents who will participate in this event.
Over 8,000 participants of the KIUG 2021 will have access to a first-of-its-kind mobile app for games-related information.