Rural Games in Delhi to Attract Over 10000 Youngsters

Vijay Goel addressing a press conference on Sports Talent Search Portal and Grameen Khel, in New Delhi on August 26, 2017
Vijay Goel addressing a press conference on Sports Talent Search Portal and Grameen Khel, in New Delhi on August 26, 2017

India’s Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced Saturday that the first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav will kick-start from Delhi and will take place between 28th August to 3rd September, 2017.

The Rural Games will aim at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics, etc. and will also have fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element to the games.

Goel told that a Grameen Marathon marked the beginning of the Rural Games fever with participation of 16000 youth from rural Delhi.

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In the first stage, the games will be held in Alipur, Mehrauli, Nangloi, Najafgarh, and Shahadara where 10000-12000 youngsters will participate and the second stage will commence on 31st August till 01 September 2017 which will have inter-block games.

Goel further stated that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will also urge various State governments to replicate these Rural Games in their respective states and create a mass sporting event across India enabling grassroots level players and talented youngsters to showcase their talent.

He mentioned that the ambitious plan of the sports talent search portal will be a reality on Monday 28th August, 2017.

The portal will enable any person from across India to upload their information, and the Ministry will tap their talent and train them further in their respective disciplines.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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