Posted by Khel Naya | 08/01/2020.
Odisha is about to host 4000 athletes from a hundred universities under Khelo India University Games. Read our blogs to get the latest information.
The event will start from 22 February and continue till 1 March 2020, it was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik along with Union Minister for Human Resources and Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.
It is backed by Sports Authority of India, Association of Indian Universities, the Indian Olympic Association, and the National Sports Federation the sporting meet (of seventeen disciplines) is being hosted by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University in Bhubaneswar. Founder and Lok Sabha MP Achyuta Samanta was also seen at Monday’s announcement.
Odisha has got a lot of appraising for pulling off major sporting events with such great flair, the CM pointed out. I commend the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Sports Authority of India for taking this initiative of having an annual sports event of this magnitude at the university level. “I am sure the true spirit of sportsmanship will be showcased during this event” said Patnaik.
Minister of Sports, Kiren Rijiju hoped that in the long run the university games would contribute to the country’s eventual goal of topping the medal tally in events like the Asian Games and Olympic Games.
Earlier in the day, the HRD minister attended another function in Bhubaneswar, organised by the Siksha O Anusandhan University. Asked to comment on the violence at the The Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pokhriyal said, “Educational Institutions are autonomous bodies and are centres of learning. They will not be allowed to become ‘political addas’ at any cost.”