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Tamil Nadu is able to host the Khelo India Youth Video games

All in readiness: The Khelo India Youth Games will be inaugurated at the Nehru Stadium on Friday.

All in readiness: The Khelo India Youth Video games shall be inaugurated on the Nehru Stadium on Friday.
| Picture Credit score: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

A refurbished observe will welcome the athletes when the Khelo India Youth (under-17 girls and boys) Video games (KIYG) shall be inaugurated on the Nehru Stadium right here on Friday. The Video games conclude on January 31. A renovated velodrome for biking on the Tamil Nadu Bodily Training and Sports activities College (Melakottaiyur) shall be an added attraction.

With greater than 5,000 sportspersons throughout 26 disciplines participating, KIYG will witness hectic competitors within the occasions taking place in 4 cities — Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, and Tiruchi. Many of the self-discipline — 20 — shall be held right here.

Maharashtra, the defending champion, has been a powerhouse, having gained the general championship thrice and ending runner-up twice within the final 5 editions.

Vijay Bapurao Santan, chef-de-mission of Maharashtra, is assured of the facet repeating its dominance this time round.

“We’re ready. There was powerful competitors from Haryana and Madhya Pradesh within the final two editions. We’ve got chosen one of the best athletes with the help of the Maharashtra Authorities and our respective State Associations,” he advised The Hindu.

With a contingent of 415, Maharashtra shall be wanting to carry out higher within the disciplines it has not achieved properly earlier.

“We’ve got achieved actually in archery, boxing, swimming, taking pictures, and athletics. We should do much better in biking and kabaddi.”

In the meantime, host Tamil Nadu, in a launch, stated it has set a goal of ending within the prime three within the medals tally. Consisting of a 522-member contingent, TN’s chef-de-mission J. Mercy Regina, stated the State is hoping to shut in on a century of medals.

“The State authorities has been investing closely in figuring out and nurturing expertise on the grassroots degree and the contingent reveals how a lot progress we’ve made. With the World Beaters Expertise Recognizing Scheme, 27 sports activities hostels have been established,” stated Regina.

Explaining the rationale for her optimism, she added: “Within the earlier version, we had a restriction on the variety of gamers we may discipline primarily based on the nationwide rating. However being the host this time, we will discipline a bigger contingent.”

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