The Khelo India Youth Games 2023 will be inaugurated on Friday at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries, including Chief Minister M K Stalin. According to PTI, 5,500 athletes will compete in 26 competitive sports between January 19 and January 31, as declared by the state government. The event hopes to emulate the success of the 44th Chennai Chess Olympiad, which was held in 2022.
The inauguration of the games is set to be attended by the Prime Minister, with the presence of Governor R N Ravi and the Chief Minister. Additionally, Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik, and Tamil Nadu Youth Welfare and Sports Development Minister Udayanidhi Stalin are scheduled to participate in the event.
Football, kabaddi, volleyball, Judo, weightlifting, squash, archery, boxing, badminton, table tennis, cycling, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, shooting, yoga, wrestling, and other disciplines will be contested in Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore, and Madurai.
Tamil Nadu’s indigenous sport, silambam, will be added as a demonstration sport for the first time ever at the Khelo India Youth Games. According to the release, 1,200 volunteers and more than 1,000 referees will work at the event. On January 29, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports revealed the introduction of a dedicated mobile application for the Khelo India Youth Games. With a single touch of a button, athletes, coaches, support personnel, athletes’ parents, and officials from every state will be able to access all the game information thanks to the app. The ministry stated that this is the first time a specific app for the games has been released.