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Khelo India Youth Games: Hosts Maharashtra take overall title

PUNE: Hosts Maharashtra walked away with the total trophy for the Khelo India Youth Games as they accumulated a mammoth 85 gold, together with 62 silver and 81 bronze for a total of 228 medals.

Their sportspersons and officials won the glittering Trophy from Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for HRD, Government of India, and Vinod Tawde, Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare, Maharashtra, amidst loud cheers on the last ceremony held on the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

Speaking on the ceremony, Javadekar stated the performances of the athletes on the Games had underlined the Prime Minister’s thought of "5 minute aur" for sports activities and also added that the federal government was once determined to herald a mandatory one-hour day-to-day length for sports activities in every faculty across the nation. The thought was once greeted with large cheers and applause.

Tawde stated that he wanted not just 5 minutes, however 50 minutes and encouraged the entire sportspersons.

Maharashtra finished ahead of Khelo India School Games 2018 champions, Haryana, who were second with 62 gold, 56 silver and 60 bronze for a total of 178 medals, while Delhi were 3rd with 48 gold, 37 silver and 51 bronze for a total of 136 medals.

With sportspersons amassed round on the jam-packed Badminton Hall on the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Neelam Kapur, Director General of the Sports Authority of India, welcomed the dignitaries.

Kapur identified in her vote of thank you that it was once the tremendous efforts of the Maharashtra Government and the loads of volunteers that had made the Games such a success. "KIYG 2019 had an approximate participation of 10,000 which comprised more than 5,925 athletes, 1,096 support staff, 893 technical officials, 36 chef-de-missions, 1010 volunteers and 1,500 officials."

"This was almost double in comparison to the approximate 5,500 at the KISG 2018," she added.

On the general day, 15 gold medals were at stake and of them 8 were in archery, the place hosts Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana picked two each and every while Delhi and Punjab were given one each and every.

Haryana asserted themselves in hockey, winning the girls Under-21 final to take their 3rd gold in hockey from four finals, while Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala received gold each and every in volleyball. Manush Shah of Gujarat emerged the singles champion in Under-21 desk tennis, while Saubhi Patwari of West Bengal received the Girls Under-21 singles.

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