J&K tops medal tally as Khelo India concludes at Gulmarg

Srinagar: The third edition of Khelo India Winter Games concluded on Wednesday at Gulmarg in Baramulla district with Jammu and Kashmir topping the medal tally.

Officials said J&K bagged 26 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 25 bronze medals. Maharashtra stood second with 13 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals.
The third position was achieved by Himachal Pradesh. It bagged 10 Gold, 14 Silver and 7 Bronze while Army won 10 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze medals.

The medals received by Haryana are 8,10,13, Ladakh 7,3,7, Uttrakhand 6,6,4, Tamil Nadu 6,5,3, Karnataka 5,2,7, Gujarat 4,1,1, Delhi 3,3,6, ITBP 2,2,3, Telangana 2,1,3, HAWS 2,1,1, AIPSCB 1,0,0 and Kerala 1,0,0.

Khelo India concluded with a grand function attended by over two thousand participants including players, tourists and officials of different departments. The sports event is jointly organised by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and Winter Games Association of J&K.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Youth Affairs & Sports, Nisith Pramanik, was the chief guest on the occasion of the concluding ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, Pramanik said that the 3rd Khelo India Winter Games held at Gulmarg was a major event compared to the previous events
He said that the next event would be even bigger event which would be compared with other international events.

He expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for the developing sports infrastructure in J&K which helps youth to excel in different sports.

Union Minister said that players such as Sarfaraz Ahmad and Arif Khan who played in the winter Olympics made our nation proud.

“In the last two years the government developed Indoor Stadium in every district of Jammu and Kashmir besides play grounds in every panchayat’, he said and underlined that J&K has transitioned into a new era of prosperity.

While distributing medals among the winners of Junior Girls Snow Shoe sport and Sprint boys, Nisith Pramanik expressed pleasure over the exemplary performance of J&K players who bagged gold in these competitions.

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