Khelo India Youth Games and University Games: what is the difference?

As the government has established three different forms of Khelo India Games under the Khelo India initiative, there may be some confusion as to how to interpret the events. The three different editions are Khelo India Youth Games, Khelo India University Games and Khelo India Winter Games. However, there are two editions of the games that require specific differentiation.

Khelo India Youth Games

This is specifically for children under 21 from schools and universities across India. It is a national level event which has more than a range of different modern and traditional sports. It is mainly divided into 2 categories for players under 17 and under 21. In order to compete, students must register in the name of SGFI, CBSE or have state or wildcard entries in their name.

Selected top players in different sports will receive a monetary scholarship of 5 lakh every year for 8 years to help them prepare for competing in overseas events. This event was formerly known as Khelo India School Games and has held 3 editions since 2018. The first was held in 2018 in New Delhi followed by Pune in 2019 and Guwahati in 2020. Panchkula will host the 4th edition in 2022. The events of this edition of the games are badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, gymnastics, judo, kabaddi, volleyball, wrestling, athletics, football, kho kho and weight lifting, swimming, hockey, shooting, gatka, kalaripayattu, thang-ta and Mallakhamba.

Khelo India University Games

As the name suggests, these games are aimed specifically at college students across India. The age group is for aspiring athletes between the ages of 18 and 25 who compete as representatives of their universities/colleges. There is active scouting and specific athletes are selected to train for international events in the future.

An edition of these university specific games was held in 2020 in Bhubaneshwar. Bengaluru will host the next edition in 2022. Punjab University surpassed the medal count in the first edition. The sporting events of this edition are: archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, fencing, football, field hockey, judo, kabaddi, rugby to XV, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, taekwondo, karate.

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