Speaking about organising sporting events as India unlocks, Rijiju said, “During India’s 2021 Chairmanship of the BRICS, Sports and Games will be one of deliverables.
The Government of India organises 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.
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 Sports Minister also 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 same time and at 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 motivational moment for them.”