Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath officially launched the Khelo India University Games 2023 and unveiled the logo, mascot name, torch, anthem and jersey of the event
While speing on the event on Friday Yogi stated that the Games will serve as a milestone in promoting sports activities among the youth of the state.
Khelo India Youth Games in UP 2023 logo, mascot name, torch, anthem and jersey
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Lucknow | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Anurag Thur launch the logo, Mascot, Jersey, Torch and anthem of the Khelo India University games pic.twitter.com/OywTqJJqKY
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The official unveiling of the Khelo India University Games took place at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow.
Yogi Adityanath unveils logo, mascot, and more at Khelo India University Games
While doing the unveiling, Yogi Adityanath stated:
Today UP is not only the state with the largest population, but every event held here inevitably grows to be the biggest. UP has been selected for the third edition of the Khelo India University Games and I can assure the central government that this will be the biggest event ever.”
He further stated that the upcoming event will bring in participants from across 200 universities:
“They will also get an opportunity to know, understand and learn about UP. The entire team of UP is ready to welcome them. For the launch of these games starting on May 25, I cordially invite the central government and all the states to become partners in these events and give their guidance.”
CM spes about the rising importance of sports in India
While speing at the event, the CM also shared about the rising importance of sports and its progress in India:
You must all have noticed India’s progress over the past nine years in every sector. The way the world views India has also changed. You must have noticed that every Indian citizen now exudes confidence. The Khelo India University Games is also a representation of how, over the past nine years, people’s attitudes toward sports have changed.”
A decade ago, public perception toward sports and sports persons was not favourable. Sport was considered an unnecessary task, a waste of time. Today, this perception has changed. The family members together encourage the child towards sports activities.”
The Yogi also shared how the human body is the means of fulfillment of ‘dharma’. He emphasized that one can achieve a healthy body if they live by rules and restraint and stays in discipline.
Naturally, participating in these sports can help a person not only stay healthy but also empower society and the country. Khelo India Khelo and Fit India Movement are part of the same series.”
UP Government implementing programmes to promote sports
While citing the increasing awareness about sports in UP, Yogi revealed about various programmes being promoted in the state.
From the village to the district level, Sansad Khel Spardha events are also being planned in a grand manner. In rural areas, a lot of people are joining these events, men and women, boys and girls.”
Aside from the CM, Anurag Thur, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports also attended the event aside Transport Minister of UP Daya Shankar Singh and Sports Minister Girish Chandra Yadav.
The CM said:
I would like to thank Union Minister Anurag Thur for accelerating this campaign after assuming the Sports Ministry. Today, Uttar Pradesh is fully ready to implement this vision of the Prime Minister on the ground.”
Yogi also spoke about the various programmes the government has started:
UP has ten forward the process of construction of a stadium in every district. The work of the mini stadium has started at the block level. The construction of sports grounds in 58,000 gram panchayats has gained momentum.”
Yogi also revealed about the Yuv Mangal Dal and Mahila Mangal Dal programme that the Youth Welfare Department are ting forward to further sports activities. He added that under these programmes, they have provided sports kits to 65,000 Yuv Mangal Dal and Mahila Mangal Dal out of the total 85,000. He assured that they will provide the Sports kits to the remaining 20,000 until next year.
CM Yogi and Anurag Singh Thur together flagged off the torch relay at the event. The four torches are set to travel through all the districts of UP and then eventually return to Lucknow on May 25.