As PM Modi aspires to shape the future of the new generation and thereby also develop the country’s sports sector, on Wednesday he virtually inaugurated the second phase of Saansad Khel Mahakumbh 2022-23 in Basti, Uttar Pradesh.
He stated that about 200 parliamentarians have organised such Khel Mahakumbh in their constituencies. He also expressed his hope of giving better opportunities to young players of India through this Mahakumbh.
The Khel Mahakumbh, organised by Harish Dwivedi, Member of Parliament from Basti since 2021, has various competitions in both indoor and outdoor sports like wrestling, kabaddi, kho kho, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, handball, chess, carrom, badminton, table tennis etc. Apart from these, competitions in essay writing, painting, rangoli making etc are also organised during the Khel Mahakumbh.
PM Modi said through these games, performing athletes are being picked up for further training under the Sports Authority of India. He expressed happiness that about 40,000 athletes, three times more than the last year, are participating in the Khel Mahakumbh.