Khelo India Youth Games

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khelo India Youth Games
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First event2018
Occur everyAnnual
Last event2022
PurposeGrassroot talent hunt
HeadquartersNew Delhi
WebsiteKhelo India

Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG), formerly Khelo India School Games (KISG), are the annual national level multidisciplinary grassroot games in India held in January or February for two categories, namely under-17 years school students and under-21 college students. Every year best 1,000 kids will be given an annual scholarship of 5 lakh (US$6,300) for 8 years to prepare them for the international sporting events.[1][2][3][4]

The Training of Trainers (TOT) Programme was 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.


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.[5]

On 27 February 2019, PM Narendra Modi launched the Khelo India App at the Youth Indian Parliament in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi to promote sports and fitness.[6][7]

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.[8]

Games and Medals[edit]

The inaugural 2018 games had students competing for 209 gold medals across 17 sports.[citation needed]

Badminton, basketball, boxing,, cricket (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]

In December 2020 four indigenous games were added – Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba.[9]


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 INR 500,000 for 8 years.[10]

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 2018 8 Feb 2018 16 209[11] Haryana Maharashtra Delhi
38 26 38 102 36 32 43 111 25 29 40 94
II 2019 Pune, Maharashtra 9 Jan 2019 20 Jan 2019 18 403[12] Maharashtra Haryana Delhi
85 62 81 228 62 56 60 178 48 37 51 136
III 2020 Guwahati,
10 Jan 2020 22 Jan 2020 20 447[13] Maharashtra Haryana Delhi
78 77 101 256 68 60 72 200 39 36 47 122
IV 2021 Panchkula, Haryana[14]


4 June 2022 13 June 2022 25 269[16] Haryana Maharashtra Karnataka
52 39 46 137 45 40 40 125 22 17 28 67
V 2022 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

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. ^ Srinivasan, Kamesh (9 January 2019). "Khelo India Youth Games off to a colourful start". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Khelo India app to promote sports and fitness". Times Now. 27 February 2019.
  7. ^ "PM Narendra Modi launches Khelo India App". The Economic Times. 27 February 2019.
  8. ^ "KIUG helps create a structure for university games: Sushil Kumar - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Sports Ministry approves inclusion of four indigenous games in Khelo India Youth Games". The Hindu. PTI. 20 December 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 January 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ Is Khelo India School Games a success? Shocking revelations here, Financial Express, 7 Feb 2018.
  11. ^ "Khelo India: Khelo India School Games: Haryana overtake Maharashtra to emerge champions | More sports News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Khelo India Youth Games 2019: Host Maharashtra win overall trophy with 228 medals". DNA India. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Maharashtra retains Khelo India Youth Games champions trophy | More sports News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "2021 edition of Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Panchkula". Retrieved 23 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Khelo India Youth Games Haryana 2021 postponed". Retrieved 23 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Khelo India Youth Games 2021 medal table". Retrieved 25 November 2022.

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