Fifth Khelo India Youth Games

The Fifth Khelo India Youth Games 2022 is set to be organized in Madhya Pradesh from January 31 to February 11 next year.

Key facts

  • The Fifth Khelo India Youth Games 2022 is set to be held in 8 cities across Madhya Pradesh – Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Mandla, Khargone (Maheshwar) and Balaghat
  • It would witness the participation of 8,500 athletes.
  • This edition will feature a total of 27 sports disciplines, with water sports being included for the first time in the history of the games.
  • Sports fields like Canoe Slalom, Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rowing will be featured at this edition.
  • Madhya Pradesh will be the fifth state to host the Khelo India Youth Games. The previous editions were held in New Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam, and Haryana.
  • The 2021 edition was held in Haryana in June 2022 after it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The upcoming edition will feature a mix of Olympic, non-Olympic and traditional sports like mallakhamba.
  • Haryana won the first edition of the Games in 2018. The 2019 and 2020 editions were won by Maharashtra.
  • The 2021 edition witnessed Haryana beating Maharashtra and winning 137 medals.
  • In all the previous four editions, Maharashtra and Haryana were the top two performers.

Khelo India

Khelo India (Let’s play India) initiative was launched by the Indian Government in 2017 to promote a sporting culture in the country by involving children at grassroot levels. Under this initiative, Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) and the Khelo India University Games (KIUG) are organized every year, where youngsters represent their states and universities respectively. The initiative started with the organizing of the Khelo India School Games in 2018 in New Delhi. In 2019, this event was renamed as Khelo India Youth Games. The first KIUG was organized in 2020 at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Odisha.



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