Why is it in the news?
- In Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister inaugurated the opening ceremony of the Khelo India Youth Games 2023.
- The 2023 event is the 6th edition of Khelo India Youth Games, signifying its consistent growth and impact.
More about the news
- VeeraMangai Velu Nachiyar, the first Indian queen to wage war with the East India Company in India, is the mascot for KIYG 2023.
- The games logo integrates the image of the revered poet Thiruvalluvar, adding a cultural and literary dimension.
- KIYG 2023 will feature a diverse array of sports with 26 disciplines, offering a comprehensive platform for various talents.
- The event introduces archery, athletics, badminton, and squash for the first time, broadening the scope and participation.
- Silambam, a traditional martial art sport of Tamil Nadu, is introduced as a demo sport for the first time in the history of KIYG.
|About Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG)
· Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) are annual national-level sports events that bring together young athletes from various parts of India.
· KIYG is an integral part of the Khelo India Programme, a nationwide initiative aimed at rejuvenating India’s grassroots sports culture.
· By providing a platform for young talents, KIYG aims to build a robust framework for all sports in the country and establish India as a great sporting nation.
· The first edition of KIYG took place in 2018 in Delhi, marking the beginning of an annual tradition.
· KIYG is inclusive, featuring two age categories: under-17 for school students and under-21 for college students.
· Talented players identified by the High-Powered Committee receive financial support of INR 5 lakh annually for a duration of 8 years.