CM Yogi to launch Khelo India University Games logo, mascot, anthem and jersey
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will launch the logo, mascot, anthem and jersey of Khelo India University Games (KIUG), to be held in Uttar Pradesh from May 25, on Friday. CM Yogi and Union Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Anurag Singh Thakur will also flag off the torch relay of the Games on the occasion, which will visit western, eastern, central and Bundelkhand regions of the state. Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister Girish Chandra Yadav will also be present at the function to be held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow.
For the next 20 days, four torches will travel to all the districts of Uttar Pradesh, and be welcomed through various cultural programs in each district. It is noteworthy that the Yogi government has been engaged in rejuvenation of sports in UP and the Khelo India University Games is part of that effort. The event will begin on May 25 with a grand opening ceremony to be held at the BBD University Cricket Ground in Lucknow and conclude on June 3 at BHU, Varanasi.
All districts will get a chance to host the torch relay
As per the route plan, the torch will travel through 4 regions (Western, Eastern, Central and Bundelkhand) of the host state and all districts will get a chance to host the torch relay. All 4 sports torches will return on the day of the opening ceremony (May 25) in Lucknow. Though the event will start on May 25, games like Kabaddi will take place on May 23 itself at SVSP Sports Complex, Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida).
KIUG 2022 will be held in four cities of Uttar Pradesh namely Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Noida and Lucknow. Besides, shooting competitions will also be held in New Delhi. As per schedule Lucknow will host 12 sports events (archery, judo, mallakhamb, volleyball, fencing, badminton, table tennis, rugby, athletics, hockey, football) at 8 venues. Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) will host 05 sports events (basketball, kabaddi, boxing, swimming and weightlifting). IIT-BHU, Varanasi will host 02 sports (wrestling and Yogasan), whereas, Gorakhpur and Delhi will organise rowing and shooting events respectively. Rowing has been included in these games for the first time.