The Khelo India Games is now bigger and better in its second edition, after being re-christened Khelo India Youth Games and now covering 18 different disciplines of which six are team sports. The Games will provide an opportunity to both school and college-level athletes in 10 to 21 years age group.
As a result, over 6000 athletes will compete at the event this year which will continue till 20th of this month.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore played table tennis with both hands and spoke at the same time while launching a ‘5MinuteAur’ challenge as part of the Khelo India movement. Rathore, an Olympic silver medallist in shooting, urged India’s leading athletes and actors to share their childhood stories when they would ask their parents to let them play for that five extra minutes.
He tagged Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Deepika Padukone, and Salman Khan to share their stories. The Minister said the ‘5-minute aur’ campaign for the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 is a reflection of the immense strides we’ve made and the journey that lies in front of us to make India a truly sporting nation. Col.Rathore hoped it will inspire India to work towards incorporating sports as a way of life.