Khelo India University Games
|First event||Bhubaneswar, Odisha, in 2020|
|Purpose||Multi-sport events across Indian universities|
|Organisations||Sports Authority of India|
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
|Website||Khelo India University Games|
Khelo India University Games (KIUG), is a national level multi-sport event held in India, where athletes from universities across the country compete in different sport disciplines. The inaugural edition held in Odisha started on 22 February and concluded on 1 March 2020. It is organised by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports along with Association of Indian Universities, Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federation. It is the largest university level sports competition in India.
Khelo India University Games was launched after the success of the Khelo India Youth Games, which had completed its third edition in 2020. The Khelo India University Games is intended to identify and train capable athletes in the age group of 18 to 25 years for the Olympics and the Asian Games.
On 22 February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inaugurated the first edition of the Khelo India University Games in Cuttack. The inaugural event was held at JNL Indoor Stadium. Coaches and officials believe that the event gives athletes the exposure of multi-disciplinary events and promote sporting talent at the university level.
|Khelo India University Games|
|Edition||Year||Host(s)||Start Date||End Date||Sports||Gold||1st Team||2nd Team||3rd Team|
|22 February||1 March||17||206||Panjab University,
|Savitribai Phule Pune
The 2020 edition was held from 22 February to 1 March 2020 includes 211 events in 17 sports. The sport events were held at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar, JNL Indoor Stadium, SAI-Odisha Badminton Academy and SAI International Residential School in Cuttack.
More than 4000 athletes from 176 universities participated in the events. The number of medals include 206 Gold, 206 Silver and 286 Bronze. Fencing and Rugby were included for the first time in a Khelo India competition.
Panjab University finished first with 46 total medals that included 17 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals. Savitribai Phule Pune University and Punjabi University were second and third with 37 and 33 total medals respectively. National record-holding sprinter, Dutee Chand participated representing KIIT. She won two gold medals in 100m and 200m events. Siddhant Sejwal of Panjab University and Sadhvi Dhuri of Pune University were the top performers with five gold medals each.
Source: Khelo India
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