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  • Last Updated : 16 Jun, 2022
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Khelo India program is a national scheme. It aims at the development of sports in India. In 2018, then Sports Minister, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore launched this program in Delhi in order to improve the sports culture of India. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is the concerned Ministry for the scheme. The scheme was launched with two main objectives in mind- mass participation and the promotion of excellence in sports.

Khelo India

Origin of Khelo India:

Khelo India is based on Gujarat’s model of “Khel MahaKumbh” in which there are 27 disciplines and schools and colleges from across the country participates in it. Khelo India is a merger of the three schemes namely, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme and National Sports Talent Search Scheme.

Categories of Khelo India Program:

It has been divided into the following 12 categories:

  1. Development of the play field.
  2. Support to National/ Regional/ State and Sports academics.
  3. Development of community coaching.
  4. State level Khelo India centers.
  5. Women sports.
  6. School children’s physical education.
  7. Sports competition held annually.
  8. Promotion of sports for people with disabilities.
  9. Search and development of talent.
  10. Sports for development and peace.
  11. Construction, proper use and upgradation of sports infrastructure.
  12. Fostering of rural, indigenous and tribal games

Eligibility for Khelo India Scheme:

  • Under- 17 category= Candidates who are less than the age of 17 years can participate in it.
  • Under- 21 category =Candidates who are less than the age of 21 years can participate in it.

Benefits of Khelo India Scheme:

  • It is a Pan India sports scholarship scheme which covers the 1000 most talented athletes every year in various sports disciplines.
  • Athletes who got selected are provided with scholarship of Rs. 5 lakhs for 8 consecutive years.
  • This scheme encourages schools and colleges to organize sports events and competitions of high standard.
  • It strengthens and revamp the sports culture of India at the grassroot level.
  • It encourages “sports for all” and “sports for excellence”.
  • A sporting culture is developed by identifying, developing and encouraging talent in sports discipline.
  • Program facilitates deprived and poor  youth to engage in sports rather than in unproductive work.
  • The scheme covers around 200 million children between 10 to 18 years under a massive National Physical Fitness Drive.
  • It also promotes 20 universities in the country as a hub of sporting excellence.

Khelo India Youth Games 2022:

Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana is the main venue for the Games 2022 with the seating arrangement of 7,000 spectators. Five venues are selected for organizing as many as 25 different varieties of sports under Khelo India Youth Games 2022 namely Delhi, Ambala, Panchkula, Shahabad and Chandigarh. Furthermore, five traditional sports are also included in the 2022 Games. They are Gatka, Yogasana, Mallakhamba, Thang- Ta and Kalaripayattu.

Related Questions with Answers:

Q1. How the Khelo India scheme got originated?

Answer: Khelo India is based on Gujarat’s model of “Khel MahaKumbh” in which there are 27 disciplines and schools and colleges from across the country participates in it.
Khelo India is a merger of the three schemes namely, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme and National Sports Talent Search Scheme.

Q2. State the categories of the Khelo India program.

Answer: It has been divided into the following 12 categories-
1) Development of the play field.
2) Support to National/ Regional/ State and Sports academics
3) Development of community coaching 
4) State level Khelo India centers
5) Women sports 
6) School children’s physical education 
7) Sports competition held annually 
8) Promotion of sports for people with disabilities 
9) Search and development of talent 
10) Sports for development and peace 
11) Construction, proper use and upgradation of sports infrastructure 
12) Fostering of rural, indigenous and tribal games

Q3. Who are eligible for Khelo India scheme?

Answer: The eligibility for the Khelo India scheme is as follows:

  • Under-17 category: Candidates who are less than the age of 17 years can participate in it.
  • Under-21 category: Candidates who are less than the age of 21 years can participate in it.

Q4. State the benefits of the Khelo India scheme.

Answer: The benefits of Khelo India scheme are:

a) It is Pan India sports scholarship scheme which covers the 1000 most talented athletes every year in various sports disciplines.
b) Athletes who got selected are provided with scholarship of Rs. 5 lakhs for 8 consecutive years.
c) This scheme encourages schools and colleges to organize sports events and competitions of high standard.
d) It strengthens and revamp the sports culture of India at the grassroot level.
e) It encourages “sports for all” and “sports for excellence”.
f) A sporting culture is developed by identifying, developing and encouraging talent in sports discipline.
g) Program facilitates deprived and poor  youth to engage in sports rather than in unproductive work.
h) The scheme covers around 200 million children between 10 to 18 years under a massive National Physical Fitness Drive.
i) It also promotes 20 universities in the country as a hub of sporting excellence.

 

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