Updated: Apr 22, 2022 6:44 p.m IS
Bangalore (Karnataka)[India], April 22 (ANI): The highly-anticipated second edition of the Khelo India University Games 2021 is scheduled to start on Saturday in the capital of Karnataka. At KIUG 2021, which was postponed by a year due to the pandemic, over 4,000 athletes from over 200 universities in 20 disciplines will compete for the main prize.
A total of 257 gold medals are up for grabs in archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, fencing, soccer, field hockey, judo, kabaddi, shooting, swimming, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and karate. The indigenous sports Mallakhamb and Yogasana have been added as special attractions this year.
KIUG 2021 will be held at five venues in Bengaluru – the campus of Jain Global University (11 disciplines including yogasana), Jain Sports School (badminton, tennis, soccer and table tennis), Kanteerava Stadium Complex (basketball and athletics), Field Marshal Cariappa Hockey Stadium and Sports Authority of India (SAI) National Center of Excellence (Shooting).
Renowned Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj, who will represent the host Jain university, sprinter Dutee Chand from KIIT university, badminton star Sai Pratheek, also from the host university, archer Tanisha Verma and tennis ace Lohithaksha Bathrinath are among those the remarkable athletes participating in KIUG 2021.
Shooting duo Divyansh Singh Panwar and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar as well as TOPS development athletes Jeswin Aldrin (long jump), Yashveer (javelin throw), Sandra Babu (long jump), Ancy Sojan (long jump), Aman (wrestling), Madhu Vedwan (recurve archery) , Unnati (judo), Vinka and Sachin Siwach (boxing), Maisnam Meiraba and Shikha Gautam (badminton) and Oinam Jubraj (fencing) will also be in the spotlight.
“I am very happy that KIUG 2021 will take place in Karnataka, my home country. It’s great that new events have been added this time around, particularly homegrown sports that we don’t see in the big leagues. I’m quite excited to follow them I’m confident that SAI, Karnataka Government and my university will ensure that this Khelo India Games will be better than the inaugural edition,” said Srihari Nataraj.
Dutee Chand reflected her excitement saying: “The Khelo India University Games could not take place in 2021 due to Covid. But I am very happy that KIUG is returning to Jain University this year. Many young athletes from universities across the country will be there to compete this year. It will help evolving athletes make India proud on the bigger stages.”
On April 23, host Jain University will begin its basketball campaign against SRM University at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, while Mallakhamb Men’s and Women’s Pole, Rope and Hanging will begin at the Jain University Global Campus along with volleyball matches at their expansive indoor arena. Badminton events start at the Jain Sports School, while the 10m air rifle bouts, women’s 25m pistols and trap shooting events start at the Sports Authority of India.
dr Jain Deemed-to-be University Sports Director Sankar UV said it is a great honor for his institution to host the second Khelo India University Games. The Government of India, the Government of Karnataka and the AIU have entrusted this responsibility to us. KIUG is a platform for athletes to showcase their talent and earn the opportunity to represent the country at events like the World University Games. We are proud to host the event and showcase Karnataka, which will soon also be a sporting hub.”
The games will see intense competition between the defending champions of Panjab University and Savitribai Phule Pune University. They are among the universities with the highest representation.
The city has been decorated with billboards across the city for the arrival of the athletes from universities from across India as the state government has made tremendous efforts to make the entire city of Bengaluru a part of the Khelo India University Games 2021.
Competitors enter the KIUG environment from the moment they exit the train and bus stations when the Khelo India University Games 2021 billboards greet them. More than 3,500 rooms and 1,500 Art of Living spaces are dedicated to them across the city. Around 1000 technical officials and 1300 volunteers are deployed to ensure the successful completion of the event. (ANI)