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Khelo Uttar Pradesh Centre

  • 29 Jan 2024
  • 2 min read

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According to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, 'Khelo Uttar Pradesh Centre' will be established in every block of the state on the lines of the 'Khelo India Centre' being established in every district by the Government of India.

Key Points

  • The Union Sports Minister honoured the medal winners and participants in the 19th Asian Games-2022, 4th Para Asian Games-2022 and 37th National Games-2023 at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow's Gomti Nagar.
    • Prize money worth Rs 62 crore was distributed to 189 outstanding players of the state.
    • Along with this, appointment letters were also given to seven medal winning players as the Deputy Superintendent of Police, District Youth Welfare Officer and Passenger/Goods Tax Officer.
  • The players, who can give their time after the games, will be appointed coaches at the 'Khelo UP Centre' on a fixed honorarium.
  • Uttar Pradesh is the home of 16% of the country’s population and UP players have won 25% of the Asian Games medals.

Khelo India Programme

  • The Khelo India Scheme aims to encourage sports all over the country, thus allowing the population to harness the power of sports through its cross-cutting influence, namely holistic development of children & youth, community development, social integration, gender equality, healthy lifestyle, national pride and economic opportunities related to sports development.
  • Under the Scheme, talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels are provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.

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