January 30, 2018

National Khelo India School Games (KISG) -- including Basketball -- to begin in New Delhi on Wednesday

Less than five months after he took office as India's new sports minister, former Olympian (shooting) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will oversee his pet project - Khelo India - come into light. The flagship Khelo India School Games (KISG), a nationwide gathering of school-going athletes participating in sixteen sporting disciplines, will be held in New Delhi from January 1 - February 8, 2018. The KISG will be launched on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grassroots level. Organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Games will assist in scouting youth (under 17) talent in various disciplines by a High-Powered Committee. The plan is to provide the identified talents with annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.

At the first KISG, under-17 athletes have been invited to participate across in Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals are at stake at the Games.

The Basketball tournament of KISG will be held at the Stadium's KD Jadhav Indoor Hall from February 5-8. The tournament, and many other sporting events, will be broadcast live on Star Sports.

While there is imbalance in the scouting and grooming of young basketball players from around India, hopefully this tournament can bring some new faces into the spotlight and eventually help boost the national squads.

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