New Delhi, Aug 26: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that India will conduct BRICS games during Khelo India Games 2021 while attended the meeting of Sports Ministers of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa).
The Minister spoke about the importance of sport in improving the living standards and quality of life of citizens as well as of collaboration between BRICS nations in taking sport forward in the post-COVID-19 eras. Taking to Twitter, he said, "the Sports Ministers of BRICS Countries have agreed to attend and witness the opening ceremony of the next year's Khelo India Youth Games 2021 at Panchkula, Haryana."
Speaking about organizing sporting events as India unlocks, the Sports Minister said that BRICS Games 2021 is also being planned and will be aligned with the Khelo India Games schedule. “BRICS Games 2021 will be held during the same time and at the same venues as of Khelo India Games 2021 so that our players from various parts of the country who will gather for Khelo India Games will have the benefit and great opportunity of witnessing BRICS Games from close quarters. This will be a great morale booster and a motivational moment for them."
Rijiju said, "During India’s 2021 Chairmanship of the BRICS, Sports and Games will be one of the deliverables. During Khelo India Youth Games 2021, we will invite BRICS member countries to showcase their traditional indigenous games during the inaugural or closing ceremony of Khelo India. The Government of India organizes annual sports competitions under the Khelo India Scheme. As we find ways to get over COVID-19, we are hopeful of organizing Khelo India Youth Games and Khelo India University Games in 2021."