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Rijiju inaugurates first ever Khelo India Winter Games

Rijiju inaugurates first ever Khelo India Winter Games

Leh, Feb 25 (UNI) Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday inaugurated the first-ever Khelo India Winter Games here in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

The event, which is first of its kind in India, is being organised to promote winters ports in India and to popularise these games among the youth of the country.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Rijiju said, 'The government is conducting University Games, Youth Games and Winter Games for the first time under the Khelo India programme for the youth of the country.'

'So far 15 thousand students have been identified and are under training in various camps. From March 7, J & K Winter games will be conducted in Gulmarg,' he added.

The second leg of the Khelo India Winter Games will be held at Kongdori, Gulmarg from March 7 to 11 and will have participants competing in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding and snow shoeing events.

A total of three winter sporting competitions are being held during the Ladakh leg of Khelo India Winter Games, these are – Open Ice Hockey Championship, Figure Skating, Speed Skating.

These events will have over 1700 athletes from Leh and Kargil participating during the competition which would be held at Block, District and UT levels during these games.

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