Three new sports added to Khel Mahakumbh this year
More than 2 lakh participants expected in event expected to start later this month
Uttarakhand is all set for this year’s Khel Mahakumbh. Three new sports- swimming, archery and fencing have been added for the first time. These three new sports will be organised only at the state level. The mega sports event is expected to be held from November 15 onward though the final schedule is yet to be declared. More than two lakh participants from across the state are expected to compete in this event. The competition will be held in sequence at the Nyay Panchayat level, development block level, district level and state level.
According to the officials concerned, the objective of the Khel Mahakumbh is to attract the youth of Uttarakhand towards sports, from electronic culture (e-culture) to playground culture (p-culture).
“One of the objectives of the Khel Mahakumbh is to recognise the best talent among the young players for national level sports events,” said joint director of Uttarakhand Youth Welfare department and Prantiya Rakshak Dal, Rakesh Chandra Dimri.
Girls and boys from Nyay Panchayat level will compete in the under-12 category in sports including kabaddi, Kho-Kho, athletics and football. At block level, girls and boys will play in under-12, under-14, under-17 and under-18 categories.
Sports for women will be organised at district and state levels. Another category is of persons with disabilities which will be organised at state level. They will compete in athletics and badminton. Women and persons with disabilities will compete in the 21-25 years age group. The mascot for this year’s Khel Mahakumbh will be a musk deer named Dhruv.
“The sports department’s goal is to send the selected youth to state run sports colleges and hostels for higher professional training in their respective sports,” said Dimri. Cash awards will be given to the competitors achieving the top three positions at the block, district and state levels, added the joint director.
It is pertinent to mention here that the national games are also proposed to be held in Uttarakhand during 2021. The Khel Mahakumbh is expected to not only help in selection of players from the state for the national games but also help the state prepare better for hosting the proposed national level games.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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