New Delhi: Karnataka will organize the second Khelo India University Games (KIUG) later this year, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and state chief minister BS Yediyurappa and confirmed on Sunday.
KIUG is the largest University Games in the country. Its goal is searching the sporting talent, who can represent India in international events such as Commonwealth games, Asian games, including the Olympics.
Speaking on the occasion, Yediyurappa said, “We are privileged to be hosting KIUG 2021, I am confident that the Games will produce some of the best future champions of India. The Govt of Karnataka will ensure to make the University games a huge success.”
Rijiju in the presence of CM Yediyurappa, “The Games will be held in Bengaluru’s Jain University and other venues in the state, in partnership with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)”.
“The University Games in Odisha last year was a massive success. Countries that have great sporperformancesmance have often drawn their sporting heroes from University level athletes. In the US for instance, the University Games are the bedrock of Olympic champions,” he added.
The first edition of the games was held in Bhubaneswar in February 2020 before the Covid pandemic struck India. About 3,180 athletes from 158 universities across the country under the 25-years age group participated.