After being postponed thrice due to COVID-19, the Khelo India Youth Games 2021 will be held from June 4 to 13 across multiple venues. Haryana will be hosting the bulk of the events.
In its third edition, the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) is the flagship event of the Indian government’s Khelo India initiative, designed to promote sports at the grassroots levels in the country.
This year, all of India’s 36 states and Union Territories will be participating at the KIYG for the first time. Close to 4,700 athletes, including 2,262 women, will compete for medals across the 25 different sports.
Hosts Haryana will be fielding the biggest contingent with 398 athletes, followed by last edition’s champions Maharashtra with 357 and Delhi with 339. The Andaman and Nicobar are sending the smallest contingent consisting of six athletes, all cyclists, while Ladakh will have seven competitors.
In addition to the 20 sports featured in the 2020 edition held in Guwahati, five new indigenous sports, mallakhamb, gatka, kalaripayattu, thang-ta and yogasana, have been added to the sports list for the 2021 edition.
Medals will be on offer in 264 different events.
Khelo India Youth Games 2021 sports
Archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, gatka, hockey, gymnastics, judo, kabaddi, kalaripayattu, kho kho, lawn bowling, mallakhamb, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, thang-ta, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and yogasana.