Khelo India University Games

The first edition of the Khelo India University Games will be organized by the Odisha government and backed by the Sports Authority of India, Association of Indian Universities, National Sports Federation, and Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The inaugural games, which will be held here from February 22 to March 1, will see more than 4000 athletes from 176 institutes vying for top honours in 17 sports. The vision behind hosting this multi-discipline sporting extravaganza is to identify talent who can be trained for the Olympics and contribute to the country’s eventual goal of topping the medal tally in such games. The athletes will compete in 17 disciplines namely archery, athletics, boxing, fencing, judo, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, rugby and kabaddi. Most of the events will be held at different venues within the KIIT University Campus here. Badminton and table tennis will be held at JN Indoor Stadium in Cuttack while athletics will be held at the Kalinga Stadium. This sporting event is part of the Khelo India programme that has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports and establishing India as a great sporting nation.