• Haryana have 20 golds
• Delhi are next with 18 followed by Maharashtra with 16
• Delhi won the boys volleyball gold
Despite a disappointing Day 2 at the inaugural Khelo India School Games which saw Haryana not add to their tally of Day1, the state stayed on top of the table with their 20 golds. A successful day for Delhi saw them close the gap after winning the boys volleyball gold to move upto 18 golds. Maharashtra are a close behind on 16 with Karnataka just two behind which goes on to show how close and fierce the competition is as every state looks to prove their mettle at the first edition of this tournament.
The much anticipated first ever Khelo India School Games lived up to their bidding with come fantastic matches being played out on Day 2. With an aim to promote sports among youngsters, the event which is the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a huge success till now with some of the finest talent at show in school getting to showcase their talent to the entire country. Sports should occupy a central place in the lives of the country’s youth and that is just what the government has set out to achieve with this tournament.
“Sports is an important means of personality development and Khelo India is not a programme, it’s a mission. The Games will highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India’s sports potential,” Modi said. “Khelo India is not only about winning medals. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more. We want to focus on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation,” he added.
With the best 1000 athletes being rewarded with an annual scholarship of 5 lakhs, the competition intensified on Day of the tournament. After dominating on Day 1 with 20 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze, Haryana slipped off on Day 2 offering Delhi a chance to close the gap. Defeating Uttar Pradesh in the Kabaddi final, Delhi ended the day on 18 golds, just two behind Haryana’s tally.
Follow all the action live on Star Sports and Hotstar as Day3 kicks off on Tuesday.