Host Assam finish 7th at Khelo India Youth Games 2020
The Assam contingent brought laurels to the state by securing the 7th position in Khelo India Youth Games 2020. The host state won a total of 76 medals with 20 golds, 22 silvers and 34 bronzes.
It is to be mentioned that the athletes selected in the Khelo India scheme, after putting up good performances in the Khelo India Games, receive lodging, boarding and training free of charge in various accredited academies across the country. These athletes will be given admission in the 20 centres which have been declared as national centres of excellence in India.
Earlier, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had also announced a reward of Rs 1,00,000 for the gold medal winners from Assam as an incentive. The silver and bronze medalists will be paid Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.
The Director General of Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan applauded the talented athletes and said he expected good results in 2024 and 2028 Olympics.
Praising the international level facilities used for the Games Pradhan said, "I am extremely happy with the way the Khelo India Youth Games has been organised in Guwahati. It's great to see the interest shown by the chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, and the entire team, of course, supported by the Sports Authority of India officers and the National Sports Federation."
The government will also be conducting the Khelo India University Games, which will begin on February 22 in Bhubaneswar.
Closing Ceremony Extravaganza
The third edition of the Khelo India Youth Games ended with a showy closing ceremony.
CM Sarbananda Sonowal, and union minister of state, Rameshwar Teli, presented the Khelo India trophy to the defending champions, Maharastra.
Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports, Kiren Rijiju and state finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present.
Assam showcased its rich cultural heritage in a crisp and beautiful show, led by a modern creative dance performance by Aimee Baruah that was directed by Asim.
There was a performance by Chinese martial artists who impressed the audience with their speed, power and elegance. They were specially flown in to mark the 70th year of the India-China friendship.
Colourful dance performances were presented by Tarulata Kutum with Missing dancers, Sajan Nayak with Jhumur dancers and a solo by Babita Sharma.
Popular Assamese singer Jitul Sonowal too charmed everybody and Krishnamoni Chutiya performed a Bihu song which was choreographed by Pankaj Engti.
The highlight of the evening was a live concert by Bollywood star singer, Shaan.