Khelo India Youth Games

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khelo India Youth Games
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First event2018
Occur everyAnnual
Last event2020
PurposeGrassroot talent hunt
HeadquartersNew Delhi
WebsiteKhelo India

Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), formerly Khelo India School Games (KISG), means Play India Youth Games, held annually in January or February, are the national level multidisciplinary grassroot games in India held for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students. Every year best 1000 kids will be given an annual scholarship of 5 lakh (US$7,000) for 8 years to prepare them for the international sporting events.[1][2][3][4]

The Training of Trainers (TOT) Programme will be held in December 2018- January 2019 in the first phase. Here total of 160 trainers will be trained in 4 batches of 40 each in December-January period. This TOT Programme will be carried out semi-annually or quarterly to include all the interested teachers, principals, vice-principals and physical education trainers.

Haryana (102 medals including 38 golds, 26 silvers and 38 bronzes) which is considered a sports powerhouse was the top team in 2018, followed by Maharashtra (111 medals including 36 golds) and Delhi (94 medals including 25 golds).[5][6]


On 31 January 2018, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated Khelo India School Games at the opening ceremony based on Guru–shishya tradition held at Indira Gandhi Arena.[1][2] from the 2019 events, Khelo India School Games were renamed to Khelo India Youth Games after Indian Olympic Association came on board earlier in September 2018.[4]. The second edition of the event was kicked off in Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, a sports complex situated in Balewadi, Pune, by Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.[7]

On February 27, 2019, PM Narendra Modi launched the Khelo India App at the Youth Indian Parliament in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi to promote sports and fitness.[8][9]

On 22 February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first edition of the Khelo India University Games in Cuttack to give athletes the exposure of multi-disciplinary events at the university level.[10]

Games and Medals[edit]

The inaugural 2018 games had students competing for 209 gold medals across 16 sports.

Badminton, basketball, boxing (26 gold medals), gymnastics (20 gold medals), judo (16 gold medals), kabaddi, volleyball and wrestling (30 gold medals) were held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex. Athletics (36 gold medals), football, kho kho and weightlifting (16 gold medals) were held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Swimming at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex (35 gold medals), hockey at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium and shooting at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range were other venues.[2]


Selection criteria[edit]

Only selected school kids below the age of 17 years are eligible to compete. In the individual sports, top 8 sportsperson from the School Games Federation of India's National School Games, 4 nominations from federation, one from Central Board of Secondary Education, one from the host State and 2 wild card entries for the individual events will be selected. In team sports, the top 4 from the National School Games, 2 nominations by the federation, 1 from the host State and one from the organising committee will be selected. For archery, badminton and shooting, the top 16 from the National School Games, 8 nominations by the federation, 1 from CBSE, 1 from host State, 1 from organising committee, and 6 from wild cards will be selected.[2]

Talent hunt and scholarship[edit]

To identify the talent at grassroot level, each sports has a dedicated talent hunt committee, who will identify top 2 sportsperson for each sports and they will be given an annual scholarship of INR500,000 for 8 years.[11]

Edition-wise Medal Tally[edit]

(T - Total medals won, G - Gold won, S - Silver won, B - Bronze won)

Khelo India Youth Games
Edition Year Host(s) Start Date End Date Sports Gold 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
I 2018 Delhi 31 Jan 8 Feb 16 209 Haryana[5][6] Maharashtra[5][6] Delhi[5][6]
102 38 26 38 111 36 32 43 94 25 29 40
II 2019 Pune, Maharashtra 9 Jan 20 Jan 18 403[12] Maharashtra Haryana Delhi
228 85 62 81 178 62 56 60 136 48 37 51
III 2020
10 Jan 22 Jan 20 447[13] Maharashtra Haryana Delhi
256 78 77 101 200 68 60 72 122 39 36 47
IV 2021 Haryana
V 2022
VI 2023
VII 2024
VIII 2025

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b PM Modi launches Khelo India School Games, Times of India, 31 Jan 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Khelo India School Games in December, The Hindu, 6 Nov 2017.
  3. ^ Sport minister Rathore hails Khelo India School Games, Business Standard, 8 Feb 2018.
  4. ^ a b Khelo India to become Khelo India Youth Games with IOA on board, Times of India, 13 Sept 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Haryana crowned champions of Khelo India School Games with 38 gold medals, Hindustan Times, 8 Feb 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Khelo India School Games: Haryana overtake Maharashtra to emerge champions, Times of India, 8 Feb 2018.
  7. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (January 9, 2019). "Khelo India Youth Games off to a colourful start". The Hindu. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Khelo India app to promote sports and fitness". Times Now. February 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "PM Narendra Modi launches Khelo India App". The Economic Times. February 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "KIUG helps create a structure for university games: Sushil Kumar - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  11. ^ Is Khelo India School Games a success? Shocking revelations here, Financial Express, 7 Feb 2018.
  12. ^ Medal tally 2019
  13. ^ Medal tally 2020

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