Sports Minister launches Khelo India official anthem

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with Star India MD Sanjay Gupta - InsideSport

The Khelo India official anthem was launched at a grand function in the capital today.

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Star India Managing Director Sanjay Gupta were present at the launch ceremony in New Delhi.

The 3:32 minutes anthem starts with a melodious line “Aur khelna chahte hain hum,” “Khub khelo saath me hain me hain hum” (We want to play more. Play as much as you want, we are with you, comes the reply)

The video features India’s eminent sports personalities such as Sardar Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Devendra Jhajharia, Baichung Bhutia, Pullela Gopichand, Leander Paes, Mary Kom, Akhil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Sreekanth, PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Deepa Malik, Anup Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar.

The anthem also aims to focus on brotherhood, equality, and solidarity in sports as said mentioned in the lyrics, “Khel se hi main banega hum” (‘I’ becomes ‘We’ when all come together to play)

Rathore said, ” Khelo India is a unique program which is focussed on building a strong sports ecosystem and is committed to the long-term professional development of the athletes. We aim to take this initiative to as many sportspersons and aspirants across the country as possible.”

“The games will play a pivotal role in this movement, by encouraging participation among youngsters. For the first time, the games will be broadcast on star sports, which will inspire more youngsters to become a part of this sporting revolution in the years to come.”

Sanjay Gupta said, ” We are delighted to partner with Khelo India, an initiative by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to enable the development of sporting culture amongst the youth in India. It is the youth of the India that will take sports to greater heights.”

“Sadly, Children in India – on an average – get to play for only 3 to 5 minutes per day which is grossly insufficient. It has to be understood that education without sports is incomplete. This is where Khelo India will play a pivotal role in building great sportspersons of the future. We share this vision with MYAS and are proud to be the broadcast partner for the games.”

Sports Minister RVS Rathore (left) with Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India (right) - InsideSport
Sports Minister RVS Rathore (left) with Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India (right)

The promotional video for the inaugural Khelo India School Games was launched last week by Star Sports.

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Rathore has earlier launched Games emblem on January 6.

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Star India is the official broadcast partner for the Khelo India School Games. The broadcaster has acquired TV rights for the games for ₹20 crore per annum. Star Sports will be spending another ₹30 crore on television production and marketing of the event.

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The inaugural Khelo India School Games, Prime Minister Modi’s dream project to make India a sporty nation, are scheduled from 31 January to 8 February in New Delhi.

Khelo India School Games will be held at multiple venues across Delhi including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, Karni Singh Shooting Range, and Dr. SPM Swimming Complex.

The games encompass 16 sports disciplines such as Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Khelo India Official Anthem launch event held in New Delhi on 15/01/2018 - InsideSport
Khelo India Official Anthem launch event held in New Delhi on 15/01/2018