Karnataka will be the guest of honor at the second Kellogg India University Games (KIUG) to be held later this year.
The announcement was made by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Crane Rijiju on Sunday.
The games will be held at Jain University in Bangalore and elsewhere in the state in association with the Federation of Indian Universities (AIU).
The first edition of KIUG was held in Bhubaneswar in February 2020 and was attended by 3182 athletes under the age of U-25, 158 from universities and colleges from all over the state.
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This year, Yogasana and Mallakamp are included in the University Games in an effort to preserve and promote the country’s century-old sports field.
By adding these categories, the number of athlete participation is expected to exceed 4000 by 2021. This year the games will be held in the U-25 age group according to the World University Sports Rules.
Speaking about being the host state, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, “We are privileged to host KIUG 2021. I hope this game will make some of India’s best future champions. The Government of Karnataka will not leave any stone unturned to make university sports a massive success. ”
Finding even greater participation this time around, Mr. Rijiju said, “Last year’s university games in Odisha were a huge success. Countries with the best sports performance have often attracted their athletes from university athletes. In India, we need a consistent, focused plan to identify the capabilities of universities, and I am glad we were able to do that with KIUG. ”