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Khelo India Youth Games- Haryana reclaims title with a grand tally of 52 gold

The Khelo India Youth Games 2021 which started on June 4, ended on a high note with Haryana topping the table with a total of 137 medals followed by Maharashtra (125) and Karnataka (67).

On the final day of the Khelo India Youth Games, Haryana boxers swooped on as many as 10 of the 20 Boxing gold to surge past defending champion Maharashtra in the battle for the top position. The host ended their campaign with a total of 52 gold, 39 silver and 46 bronze medals. Maharashtra, came second after managing 45 gold, 40 silver and 40 bronze. Karnataka, with 22 gold, 17 silver and 28 bronze, finished third.

Maharashtra began the final day with gold in Mallakhamb Boy’s Individual Pole and in both Boy’s and Girl’s Kho Kho. But Haryana turned things for them in the Boxing ring. Six out of their eight pugilists knocked down the gold in the girls’ category while four out of their five boys finished at the top position. Haryana won 10 Boxing gold and 16 Wrestling gold. Its swimmers and weightlifters contributed a handsome four gold medals each too.

Among noteworthy individual performances, Maharashtra’s Sanyukta Kale won all the five gold medals on offer in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Weightlifter Harshada Garud broke the youth national record in the girls’ 45kg category by lifting 83kg to win the gold. Haryana’s Unnati Hooda, the youngest Indian badminton player to make it to the Uber Cup team, defeated the former junior world No. 1 Tasnim Mir to clinch the girl’s Badminton title.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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