Haryana’s boxers delivered the golden punch on the final and last day to seize the Khelo India Youth Video games crown in dramatic style right here on Monday.
Tied on 41 gold with Maharashtra, the hosts swooped on as many as 10 out of the 20-boxing gold on provide to surge previous the defending champions.
Haryana ended their marketing campaign with a grand tally of 52 gold, 39 silver and 46 bronze medals to bolster their standing because the nation’s premier sporting state.
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Maharashtra, which fought tooth and nail from Day 1, abdicated its throne, after managing 45 gold, 40 silver and 40 bronze.
Karnataka completed third with 22 gold, together with a whopping 19 from the swimming pool. Manipur was fourth with 19 gold and Kerala fifth with 18.
Apparently, Maharashtra started the day on a excessive notice, regaining the mallakhamb boy’s particular person pole gold which was held again on Sunday after a protest.
Their kho-kho girls and boys expectedly clinched each the gold to even put them forward on the medals’ desk. Haryana’s ladies mustered the handball gold, narrowly beating Himachal Pradesh 29-28, to proceed respiratory down their necks.
However as soon as the motion shifted to the boxing ring, it turned out to be a windfall for Haryana. Six out of their eight pugilists knocked down the gold within the ladies’ class whereas 4 out of their 5 boys danced to the highest of the rostrum.
Maharashtra had 4 contenders in boxing finals however solely one in every of them might return triumphant.
Ultimately, Haryana’s superiority in boxing (10) and wrestling (16) proved to be the distinction within the total equation. Its swimmers and weightlifters contributed a good-looking 4 gold medals every too.
Maharashtra’s athletes bagged eight gold medals whereas their swimmers, gymnasts and yogasana gamers clinched six every. Its wrestlers and lifters added three every too to the tally.
On the final day of competitors, Mizoram clinched two gold medals with their boys soccer crew humbling Kerala 5-1 within the last and Jeho Puingheta bagging the boys desk tennis singles crown, beating West Bengal’s Ankur Bhattacharjee 4-2.
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Punjab ladies defeated Tamil Nadu 68-57 and Karnataka boys bought the higher of Rajasthan 67-62 to share the 2 gold medals in basketball whereas Delhi’s boys beat Haryana 38-31 to win the handball gold.
Host Haryana topped the desk with a complete of 137 medals adopted by Maharashtra (125) and Karnataka (67).
There was a particular message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the event.
“Through the years, gifted sportspersons of the nation have made themselves, their households and the whole nation proud with their performances in numerous sports activities on completely different platforms.
“The expertise and efficiency of all these gamers is a mirrored image of the ever-increasing potential of twenty first century India on the world stage,” PM Modi mentioned.
“At present the hopes and aspirations of the younger gamers of the nation are forming the premise of selections and insurance policies. Promotion of sports activities in new schooling coverage emphasises on constructing trendy sports activities infrastructure. The synergy of recent expertise is making a wealthy sports activities tradition in India immediately.
“From the identification, choice and coaching of expertise within the discipline of sports activities to the sporting wants of the gamers, the federal government is with the nation’s gifted youth at each step,” he added.