New Delhi [India], Jan 30 (ANI): The Khelo India pledge, launched by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sport, Col.(Retired) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, has now crossed the one-million mark. Also Read - Hockey | COVID-19 Experience Made me Mentally Stronger, Says India Men's Captain Manpreet Singh

This follows the hugely successful launch of the Khelo India Anthem, which reached more than 200 million fans within two days of its launch. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

The Khelo India pledge, now taken by more than 1.1 million people, is among the initiatives to popularise the games, which seeks to identify sportspersons at a very young age and develop them into future champions for India on international platforms. Also Read - Hockey | Systematic Approach And Two-way Communication Key to Rise in World Rankings: SV Sunil

The Khelo India pledge aims to invoke the nation’s sporting spirit by urging fans and followers to support and encourage sports in every way possible.

It is India’s pledge to become part of a revolution that will find nation’s budding sport talent from the grassroots and offer them a platform to rise and shine at the global level.

The ‘Khelo India’ programme, was launched by former Sports Minister Vijay Goel but was later revamped by his successor Rathore.

The school games will be held at multiple venues in Delhi. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex are among the venues where the games will be held.

The school games encompass 16 sports disciplines such as Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

The opening ceremony of the programme will be held in the national capital on January 31, and the programme will conclude on February 8. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.