'KIUG helps create a structure for university games'

By Sushil KumarThe grand launch of the first Khelo India University Games (KIUG) Odhisha 2020 took place on Friday in Cuttack and as a sportsperson, it was wonderful to see the sports ministry take such a unique initiative. The inaugural address...

'KIUG helps create a structure for university games'
By Sushil Kumar

The grand launch of the first Khelo India University Games (KIUG) Odhisha 2020 took place on Friday in Cuttack and as a sportsperson, it was wonderful to see the sports ministry take such a unique initiative.


The inaugural address by PM Narendra Modi made it amply clear that athletes need not worry about anything other than sharpening their sporting skills, and that the government is extending all support needed to athletes at every level of their sporting journey.
From the time I started pursuing sport, a lot has changed in the sporting ecosystem in the country. The government’s efforts to identify and nurture grassroot-level talent through the Khelo India scheme in the last few years is appreciable. However, a structure to promote sporting talent was missing.
When individual universities host competitions for some disciplines, it does not give the athlete the exposure of a multi-disciplinary sporting event or bring together the best talent from all over the country on one platform. But with KIUG, that gap has been bridged.
In any western country, it is the university which grooms sporting talents. However, in India, talented youngsters often give up sport at the university level.