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First-Ever Khelo India Para Games Revealed by Anurag Singh Thakur

The first-ever Khelo India Para Games will be held in New Delhi from December 10-17, with seven disciplines across three Sports Authority of India (SAI) Stadiums. The event aims to identify talented para athletes and provide opportunities for young and aspiring athletes to shine.

The Khelo India Scheme has been a game-changer for Indian sports, with 11 Khelo India Games held since 2018, including 5 Khelo India Youth Games, 3 Khelo India University Games, and 3 Khelo India Winter Games.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Singh Thakur stated that the Khelo India Scheme has played a pivotal role in the scheme, with 11 Khelo India Games held since 2018.

 “From these games, we have identified nearly 1000 talented athletes and many of them have participated in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and the Olympic Games. I wish the para athletes participating in the upcoming Games the very best,”  he expressed.

The maiden Khelo India Para Games will feature over 1350 participants from 32 states and union territories, including the Services Sports Control Board. The event will feature para athletes competing in seven disciplines, including para athletics, para shooting, para archery, para football, para badminton, para table tennis, and para weight lifting.

The games will be held at three SAI stadiums: IG Stadium, Shooting Range in Tughlaqabad, and JLN Stadium. Union Minister Shri Narendra Modi praised the Indian para athletes for their 111 medals at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, highlighting the need for continuity and development in Paralympic sports.

Since 2018, 11 Khelo India Games have been held, including 5 Khelo India Youth Games, 3 Khelo India University Games, and 3 Khelo India Winter Games. The Games have been instrumental in identifying talent and assisting India’s performance at prestigious multi-discipline events.

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