With only a week left earlier than the much-anticipated Khelo India College Video games 2021 kicks off in Bengaluru, the thrill within the hockey circles is palpable as the highest eight groups gear up for the motion which will get underway on the Area Marshal KM Cariappa Hockey Stadium.
Former India hockey star VR Raghunath believes it is a nice platform for aspiring hockey gamers, significantly these within the Below-21 age group to showcase their expertise and get recognised.
“I really feel it is a excellent platform that the federal government of India is offering for budding gamers, particularly those that are between 17 to 21 years of age,” mentioned Raghunath, double Olympian and drag-flick specialist.
“They have to utilise this chance to get recognised and their efficiency on the Khelo India College Video games will certainly be intently adopted by their respective state models who’re scouting gamers for his or her state groups for Junior and Senior Nationwide Championships from the place gamers get chosen for Nationwide camp. With the Khelo India Video games, a superb ecosystem for sports activities is being created,” he mentioned.
Talking in regards to the competitors he expects to witness on the upcoming Khelo India College Video games 2021, Raghunath mentioned, “Groups from Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and even Karnataka, which has two groups, will deliver their greatest gamers. With solely the highest eight groups getting into the match, I really feel the competitors can be fairly shut as no less than 5 groups are on par with one another.”
Raghunath, who additionally intently works with Hockey Karnataka and represents the Indian Oil Company (IOCL), mentioned that good efficiency in Khelo India will assist gamers get jobs with PSUs (Public Sector).
“I believe Khelo India College Video games is now a part of recognised occasions for jobs underneath sports activities quota. Ending on the rostrum will certainly maintain good for his or her future prospects and I want all of the groups participating the perfect. I’m trying ahead to some good hockey within the coming days at Khelo India College Video games, Bengaluru,” Raghunath concluded.
Over 4,500 individuals from round 190 universities will vie for high honours in 20 disciplines on the Khelo India College Video games hosted by Jain College in Bengaluru from April 24 to Could 3, 2022. This would be the largest mass-participation national-level sporting occasion being held post-pandemic.