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PM declares open Khelo India Youth Games

says Centre working to host Youth Olympics 2029

Welcoming the participants, the prime minister remarked that they were together “showcasing the true spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat'” and said that for Indian sports, “the Youth Games is a great way to start the new year 2024”.

Screenshot 2024 01 20 073956CHENNAI: Declaring open the Khelo India Youth Games 2023 (KIYG) at a grand function here on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We are working diligently to host the Youth Olympics in 2029 and the Olympic Games in 2036 in India.”

“Today’s India can set huge goals and achieve them. This year will witness the creation of new records and marking of new achievements for the nation and the world. You have to move forward because India will move forward with you. Get together, win and make the country win. I declare the Khelo India Youth Games 2023 open,” the PM said. He expressed confidence that the hospitality of Tamil Nadu will win all hearts and that the KIYG will provide athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister MK Stalin said his government’s objective is to make TN the sports capital of India. Congratulating TN Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin for taking the state in that direction, the CM listed the state’s achievements in sports. He also thanked the PM for accepting the state’s invitation and visiting TN.

Tasking Udhayanidhi, his son, with taking the state to new heights in sports on a global scale, the CM welcomed about 5,000 participants from various states to the KIYG. Reiterating that the Dravidian model of governance is all about ‘everything for everyone,’ he recalled that the government had invited sportspersons from Manipur to train in TN. “The Dravidian Model government, in the spirit of brotherhood, welcomed the sportspersons from Manipur as they could not continue their coaching due to the issues in their state. Some of them are participating in the Khelo India Games,” he said.

For his part, Modi underlined the government’s resolve to provide international exposure to young athletes and to make the nation an important hub in the global sports ecosystem. Emphasising that sports are not limited to just the field but are a huge economy, the PM reiterated his guarantee to make India the third-largest economy in the world.

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