Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday unveiled 1st edition of Khelo India University Games 2020 schedule, logo, mascot and jersey in Bhubaneswar in the presence of Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
Nearly, 4,000 athletes from 100 universities across India are taking part in 17 different disciplines starting from February 22 to March 1 at at KIIT University here.
Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, Odisha in the recent years has emerged as the sports capital of India. Odisha has successfully hosted several major sports events and produced many famous sports star of the country.
“The State Government is committed to provide all possible support for development of sports,” he added.
Union Minister Rijju said India will be a sports powerhouse in the coming years.
“To fulfill this ambitious dream, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs will organize four major national events every year under Khelo India programme. The four events under the tag of Khelo India are Youth games, University games, School games and Indigenous sports or sports for disabled persons,” Rijiju.
Union Minister Pradhan said that rural and tribal Odisha is the hub of talents.
“The sports clubs and youth associations located in rural areas have huge potential. All efforts should be made to spot out those talents and provide them training and opportunities. The first Khelo India University Games launched from Odisha will set the stage for hunting of talent and development of sports in the country,” said Pradhan.
Union HRD Minister Nishank said, “Odisha is known for its art, culture, heritage and sports. Any event that starts from this historic land will definitely touch all heights of success. I am sure this event will play a big role in producing future sports star for our nation.”