Bengaluru, April 1 (IANS) The new logo, jersey, mascot and anthem for the Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2021 were launched at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, here on Friday.
KIUG 2021, which is the second edition of the meet, will be hosted by the Jain University in Bengaluru from April 24 to May 3. It was postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The logo of the event features the iconic Vidhana Soudha building — the Legislative House in Bengaluru — with two elephants on either side. The mascot of Khelo India University Games 2021 is also an elephant, named Veera.
The official Khelo India mobile app was launched at the ceremony in the presence of TC Gehlot, Governor of Karnataka and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur.
Notably, KIUG is an initiative by the Indian government to identify young talents at the university level and help them turn into professional athletes. The upcoming Games will feature indigenous sports yogasana and mallakhamb along with 18 other sports and around 4,500 athletes from across India are expected to participate in the event.
The first Khelo India University Games was held in 2020 at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Odisha. Panjab University won the inaugural edition while Savitribai Phule Pune University finished second.