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Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Guwahati

The Khelo India Youth Game is to be held between February 10, 2020 and February 22, 2020 in Guwahati, Assam. The Games are conducted annually.

Highlights

Every year national level multidisciplinary grass root level games are conducted under Khelo India Youth Games event. The games include two categories namely under-17-year school students and under-21-year college student. Under the event, annual scholarship of Rs 5,00,000 is given for 1000 kids to prepare them for international sporting events.

The event is to be held in 20 disciplines. All the 37 states and union territories are to participate in the event. The first edition of the event was held in New Delhi, second edition in Pune and the third edition is to be held in Guwahati, Assam.

The state of Haryana considered the “Sports Powerhouse” topped the sport event in 2018.

Training of Trainers Programme (TOT)

Under the programme, around 160 trainers are trained. The programme is carried out semi-annually. It includes principals, teachers and physical education trainers. The programme is also a part of Khelo India project.

Khelo India was launched by PM Modi in January 2018. In 2018, around 734 students were selected for the scholarship.

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Koneru Humpy bags 2019 World Rapid Chess title

Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claimed the 2019 Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion tiltle. The winner of Women’s World Rapid Championship was decided in a playoff that ended with Humpy beating China’s Lei Tingjie in a dramatic final in Moscow, Russia.

Key Highlights

Humpy, who is India’s best-ever women’s chess player, was crowned world women’s rapid champion at the same venue where Norwegian grandmaster and also classical chess champion Magnus Carlsen won men’s title in space of a few minutes.

This is a significant win for Humpy, who had taken a two-year sabbatical from 2016 to 2018 after she became a mother. She is now more at ease in classical format and was clearly trying to take her skills in rapid format to a new level.

About World Rapid Chess Championship

It is a chess tournament held since 1987, to determine world champion in chess played under rapid time controls. Prior to 2012, the FIDE (international organization that acts as the governing body of international chess competition) gave such recognition to a limited number of tournaments, however, since 2012, FIDE has held an annual joint rapid and blitz chess tournament and called it as Word Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships. It also holds Women’s Word Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship.

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