The state level Khel Mahakumbh has been postponed once again. This is for the second time that the dates of this year’s event have been postponed. According to the new schedule, the events which were going to start from December 28 will now begin from January 3. Meanwhile, the district level competitions are continuing as part of the Khel Mahakumbh.
Deputy director of youth welfare Shakti Singh informed that now the event will begin from January 3. When asked about the reason of the postponement, he said that because the district level Khel Mahakumbh and other activities are still going on, the dates of the state level has been postponed.
He also said that because people and the staff assigned for various duties were spread across the state. Due to the resulting issues too the dates were postponed.
However, according to sources, there may be more reasons for the dates being postponed one again. According to an official source, the dates of state level Khel Mahakumbh are being postponed because of the unavailability of the chief minister on the planned day of inauguration. Another staff member said that it might be because the players are busy travelling to other states and cities to participate in practice for the national level games.
The first day of the stte-level Khel Mahakumbh will start with athletics and will continue for three consecutive days till January 5 in which both girls and boys will play in the under-12, 14 and 17 years categories.
Rajya Yuva Mohatsav Open Competition will also take place from January 7 to 9. Apart from this, the three new sports- fencing, swimming and archery which were added for the first time in this year’s Khel Mahakumbh will be played from February 10 to February 11. About 520 people are expected to participate in the three sports with a total of 312 players expected to participate in archery and fencing whereas 208 people are expected to participate in swimming.
The tentative last date of the state level Khel Mahakumbh is February 15 in which women in the category of 21-25 years will participate. Athletics, kabaddi, kho-kho, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and hockey in the 21-25 age group will be played during the last few days of the event.
Friday, 27 December 2019 | PNS |Dehradun
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