The Khelo India Youth Games will be held at Gautam Buddha University and Shaheen Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Stadium (SVSPSS) in Greater Noida in April or May, this year. Close to 800 students and technical staff is said to be a part in this edition of the games and the event will have four national-level multidisciplinary grassroot games including kabaddi, basketball, weightlifting and fencing as part of the inter-university level competitions.
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According to fresh reports, Gautam Buddha Nagar is one of the four districts in UP, besides Varanasi, Lucknow and Gorakhpur that have been selected for the annual Khelo India initiative by the Government of India. Meanwhile, preparations including sprucing up the indoor stadium and hostel facility for visiting players, etc. have begun at GBU while GNIDA has started the repair and maintenance work at both its venues.
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"Two venues in Greater Noida have been selected for Khelo India, which will be held sometime in April or May. These include Gautam Buddha University and Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Stadium. While weightlifting competition will take place in the indoor stadium in GBU; kabaddi, basketball and fencing will spread out at both SVSPSS and GBU," Anita Nagar Hoon, Deputy Sports Officer, GB Nagar told Times of India.
The officer further confirmed that overall, 4,500 students will participate from over 150 universities across the four districts during the competitions. "Over 800 students will be from GB Nagar. 400 students and over 400 technical team members will look into the technical aspects of these games," Ms. Nagar added.
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However, Maharashtra is currently holding the top spot in the medal tally having won more silvers, despite winning the similar number of golds as of MP (14) till the end of the fifth day of the ongoing edition.