Khelo India Current Affairs - 2020

The First General Council Meeting of Khelo India: Highlights

Recently Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju in the first general meeting of the Khelo India asked the states to actively organise the Khelo India Games to gather a larger pool of talent from the grassroots level.

Background

Various annual competitions like the University Games and the Khelo India Youth Games which are organised at the national level under the Khelo India Scheme, have helped identify sporting talent from all states. However, that is not enough. While addressing the event Rijiju praised the States that already conduct annual sporting competitions and urged them to align with the Khelo India Scheme with centre’s full support in conducting these events.

The event

The first General Council meeting chaired by Kiran Rijiju was also attended by Sports Secretary Ravi Mittal, Director General of the Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan and other senior officials of the sports ministry.

Objective

To ace at an Olympic event, it takes at least 8 years to groom an athlete. Therefore, we need to identify talent at a very young age of 5-10 years itself and groom them and train them to be future champions. Then only we can make our country a sporting superpower. A five-zonal talent scouting committees have been planned for east, west, north, south and north-east. Selected talent can then be trained at SAI centres built at these five zones. However, to make this come true we need inputs from the state governments in identifying talent the minister stated. For now, eight states where KISCE will be set up has been identified and the Sports Ministry has also received proposals from another 13 states, on which decisions are being finalised. The states have been asked to identify their best sporting infrastructure for the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) and share it with the ministry as early as possible. The Minister assured the States that they will be provided with the fund and extended support from the ministry in building and providing a state of the art infrastructures in training senior athletes from all over the country.

4th Edition of Khelo India Youth Games to be hosted by Haryana

On July 25, 2020, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju announced that Haryana is to host the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games. The Games has been scheduled to be conducted after Tokyo Olympics.

Highlights

Star Sports has been signed in as the official broadcast of Khelo India Youth Games.

The GoI has been taking immense measures to keep the sports activities alive even during COVID-19 times. The Sports Authority of India transferred Rs 30,000 to the accounts of Khelo India athletes to help them during COVID-19 crisis. To achieve this, a fund of Rs 8.25 crores was allocated.

Khelo India

The Khelo India scheme was launched to improve sports culture in India. The scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The scheme aims to make India a good sporting nation. The GoI allocates Rs 5 lakh per annum every year over the period of 8 years.

Khelo India scheme is implemented under 12 vertical as follows

  • Play Field Development
  • Community Coaching Development
  • State Level Khelo India centres
  • Annual Sports Competition
  • Talent Search and Development
  • Utilization and Creation of Sports infrastructure
  • Support to national or state sports academy
  • Physical fitness of school children
  • Sports for women
  • Promotion of sports amongst people with disabilities
  • Sports for peace and development
  • Promotion of rural and indigenous and tribal games.