4th Khelo India Youth Games launched in Panchkula

The countdown for the 4th Khelo India Youth Games began on a high note, with the unveiling of its logo, mascot, jersey and anthem at a spectacular launch ceremony in Panchkula on Saturday.

Attended by a power-packed audience, led by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, the captivating show set the stage for the biggest and grandest Games ever.

"We are proud and honoured to host this edition of the Khelo Games. We can't wait to welcome the country's youngest sporting talent to our beloved state," Manohar Lal said.

The chief minister pointed out Haryana's proud tradition of sending the maximum number of athletes to represent India in international competitions. "More importantly, we have won one-third of the medals won by India in the Olympics and other major world events," he added.

The KIYG will begin on June 4. Over 8,000 students from across the country will compete in 25 disciplines, including five traditional games -- Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, Mallakhamba and Yogasan