The third edition of the country’s biggest youth sporting extravaganza the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020 began with a roar on January 10, 2020, in Guwahati. The grand opening ceremony that enthralled the audience included a colourful display of cultural event. This year around 6500 athletes in 20 different disciplines under two different age categories are vying for the top spot at the games. KIYG 2020 was launched by Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, where the former said that the Assam government is continuously in the quest to promote sports.
Mr Sonowal welcomed the participants and firmly asserted that the people of Assam are great sports follower and enthusiast. “I welcome all athletes from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Arunachal to Gujarat. Over the next 13 days, showcase your talent to the best of your ability because the entire nation is looking forward to seeing you play and bloom,” Chief Minister Sonowal said, encouraging the future stars of India. The opening ceremony was a visual treat as the tech laser show and performances by country’s top artists caught everyone’s attention. The symbolic Games Flame was lit by India’s star sprinter Hima Das as athletes from all the seven northeast states joined her.
“I want to assure Assam that the Government of India will extend every support to realise its dream of becoming the sports capital of the country,” Union Sports Minister Rijiju said while lauding the state’s efforts to host a spectacular event. The sheer display of creativity and innovativeness mesmerised the audience. The waving girls forming the mighty Brahmaputra as the backdrop, youngsters danced and performed displaying and highlighting the spirit of One India.
The Assam Rifles Band’s rendition of the National Anthem had everyone stand on their feet and show to the world India’s unity. Whatever happens within the country, Indians rise up as one because this great country has always been and will forever be the mark of UNITY.
“INDIA IS ONE”