Haryana crowned champions of Khelo India School Games 2018

Haryana topped the overall medal tally after claiming 38 gold medals in the inaugural edition of the Khelo India School Games that concluded in New Delhi on Thursday. Overall, Haryana won 102 medals, with 26 silver and 38 bronze. Maharashtra (110) finished second overall while Delhi (94) came third. Maharashtra finished the KISG with 111 medals, but due to their lower gold medal count (36), they had to contend with the second spot. Delhi finished the Games at the third position with 94 medals, which included 25 gold, 29 silver and 40 bronze.
KISG, part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious vision to make sports more popular across the nation and treat the programme as the first step towards making India a strong contender at the Olympic level, ended on a resounding note on Friday, with the celebrated sportspersons hailing the KISG as a “game changer” for the Indian sports. Starting the day a gold behind Maharashtra, Haryana pugilists cornered 10 of 26 gold medals on offer as the state athletes accounted for overall 15 gold in different disciplines, including two in judo and one each from archery, football and hockey. Six of Haryana’s boxers finished with silver. The winner’s trophy was presented by sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Haryana’s education, tourism and parliamentary affairs minister Ramvilas Sharma.

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