Kickoff: Khelo India University Games Begin Fourth Edition in Guwahati

  • The fourth edition of Khelo India University Games, named Ashtalakshmi, commences in Guwahati.
  • Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur attend the inauguration at Sarusajai Stadium.
  • 213 universities from across India participate in the event.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends best wishes to participants through a video message, emphasizing the importance of sports for youth.
  • PM Modi urges players to compete with full spirit and calls for society’s encouragement towards sports excellence.
  • Special allocation of 3500 crore rupees in the budget for sports development is noted.
  • Union Sports Minister Thakur praises Khelo India games as a platform for young talents and acknowledges North East’s contribution to Indian sports.
  • Plans for India to host the Youth Olympics in 2029 and Summer Olympics in 2036 are mentioned.
  • Assam Chief Minister expresses the state’s desire to host upcoming editions of Khelo India and highlights government initiatives to promote sports.
  • The opening ceremony showcases Assam and North East’s rich cultural heritage, featuring performances by singer Papon.
  • Guwahati hosts 16 sporting events with over 4500 participants, continuing until the 29th of the month.

Where did the Khelo India University Games Ashtalakshmi commence?
a) Kolkata
b) Mumbai
c) Guwahati
d) New Delhi

Answer: c) Guwahati

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