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New Delhi : Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on August 26, 2017, announced that the first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav will kick-start from Delhi and will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2017. The Rural Games will aim at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics etc. and will also have fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element in the games.

Interacting with the media, Goel said, “A Grameen Marathon will mark the beginning of the Rural Games with participation of 16,000 youth from rural Delhi. In the first stage, the games will be held in Alipur, Mehrauli, Nangloi, Najafgarh and Shahadara where 10,000-12,000 youngsters will participate and the second stage will held from August 31 to September 1, 2017, which will have inter-block games.

Goel stated that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will also urge various state governments to replicate these Rural Games in their respective states and create a mass sporting event across India enabling grassroots level players and talented youngsters to showcase their talent, according to a PIB release.

Goel mentioned that the ambitious plan of the sports talent search portal will be a reality on August 28, 2017. The portal will enable any person from across India to upload his information and as per that the Ministry will tap their talent and train them further in their respective disciplines, according to the PIB release.

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