Second edition of Khelo India Youth Games begins in Pune today

The second edition of Khelo India Youth Games officially begins in Pune, Maharashtra today. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend a virtual torch ceremony at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in the evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the event through a video message.

More than 9,000 players from different states will participate in 18 different events. Star Shooter Manu Bhaker, who won a Gold at the Youth Olympics, Saurabh Chaudhari, as well as weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga will be among the cream of India’s youth sporting talent competing at the Games.

Three 10-year-old athletes – footballer Pratima Kumar from Jharkhand, hockey player Laltlanchhungi from Mizoram and West Bengal’s 10-metre Air Rifle Shooter Abhinav Shaw – will pick up their first experience of competing in a large-scale multi-discipline event.

The hockey tournament for boys has already started in Mumbai from Monday.

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