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Khelo India: Energizing India Through Sports



  Mar 13, 2024

Khelo India: Energizing India Through Sports



What is Khelo India?

Khelo India is a national initiative by the Government of India designed to cultivate a sporting culture across the country. It aims to identify and nurture young talent, providing them with the necessary support to excel at national and international levels.

Why was Khelo India initiated?

The program was launched to tap into the vast sporting potential of India, where 65% of the population is under 35. Khelo India reflects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to energize the nation through widespread participation in sports, making sports a unifying force.

How does Khelo India benefit athletes?

Athletes benefit from the program through:
• Employment opportunities for medal winners.
• Enhanced sports infrastructure and access to professional training.
• A supportive ecosystem that allows athletes to focus on achieving excellence without financial stress.

What are the recent firsts in the Khelo India Games?

• The Youth Games were hosted in South India for the first time.
• The University Games expanded to include seven northeastern states.
• Indigenous sports like Yogasana and Kalaripayattu were promoted to encourage wider participation.
• Ladakh hosted the Khelo India Winter Games, showcasing ice hockey and ice skating.

How does Khelo India promote indigenous sports?

By incorporating indigenous sports such as Gatka, Mallakhamba, Silambam, and Kalaripayattu into the Khelo India framework, the government aims to preserve these traditions while boosting participation and awareness.

What impact has Khelo India had on sports infrastructure?

The program has facilitated the approval of over 300 sports infrastructure projects across 34 States/UTs, with an investment exceeding Rs.3,000 crore, ensuring athletes have access to state-of-the-art facilities.

How are Khelo India athletes selected?

A two-tier selection process involving a Scouting Committee and a Developmental Panel selects athletes based on their performances in national championships, open trials, assessment camps, and Khelo India Games.

What achievements have Khelo India athletes made internationally?

Khelo India athletes have significantly contributed to India’s success in international arenas, including the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. In 2022, 495 athletes won 312 medals, showcasing the positive trajectory of Indian sports.

How does Khelo India support female athletes?

The program has achieved near gender parity, with an almost equal ratio of male to female athletes. The Asmita Khelo India Women’s League, covering 17 disciplines, has seen over 63,000 women athletes compete, demonstrating the government’s commitment to women in sports.

What are the future plans for Khelo India?

The government aims to further expand the Khelo India initiative, enhancing sports infrastructure, nurturing talent, and fostering grassroots sports to ensure sports becomes a viable career path and strengthens India’s presence in the global sporting arena.


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