Nisith Pramanik Lauds UP Govt For Hosting The Biggest-ever Khelo India University Games
Lucknow, May 27 (TNA) Union Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Youth Affairs and Sports, Nisith Pramanik, has lauded the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh Government towards hosting the biggest ever Khelo India University Games (KIUG). Pramanik made the remarks while on a visit to the different venues in Lucknow, a day after a spectacular Opening Ceremony was organized at the B.B.D. University grounds.
Addressing the media at the B.B.D Badminton Academy, in presence of Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary, Sports Uttar Pradesh, Pramanik said, “First of all I want to congratulate the Uttar Pradesh Government for hosting the 3rd edition of the Khelo India University Games in a grand manner. I am sure all of you have witnessed the spectacular opening ceremony yesterday. For the first time close to 4700 athletes from more than 200, in-fact 206 Universities, are participating in 21 sporting disciplines at the Khelo India University Games, which is an all-time high participation. For the first time, Water Sports have also been introduced to the Khelo India University Games, which will be held in Gorakhpur. Also for the first time, these Games are being held in multiple cities of a State. I firmly believe that the athletes from 206 Universities will outdo themselves at these Games, break many existing records, and set new milestones.
Elaborating upon the larger Khelo India programme he said, “I also believe that the platform that these athletes are getting through the Khelo India University Games, will go a long way in realising the imagination and vision of the Hon. Prime Minister, which is to develop India into a sporting nation, a sporting hub. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the popular Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as well as all the State Government officials involved, for the way they have come forward with so much enthusiasm to organise these games, which was evident with the splendid way in which they organised the opening ceremony.”
The Minister also provided details on the several new initiatives the Ministry took, which were not there in the previous KIUG, saying, “There are a lot of firsts in these Games. Along with a dedicated website, a dedicated app has also been launched. This will enable the athletes to get rid of paperwork and with the help of face-recognition technology, they will be able to take care of things like accommodation, entry etc. Also, with the help of a Digi-locker, athletes can access their certification immediately after the Games' completion.”