SRINAGAR — The third edition of Khelo India Winter Games 2023 concluded on Tuesday while Jammu and Kashmir has topped the medal tally by bagging 76 medals including 26 Gold, 25 Silver and 25 Bronze.
According to the news agency KNO, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Youth Affairs & Sports, Nisith Pramanik, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony today, said that Khelo India 2023 concluded with great success and enthusiasm. “Nearly 2000 players across India participated.”
“This year Khelo India has made history by breaking all the previous records,” he said, adding that “many participants who took part in the games here in 2023 broke their own previous records by achieving new heights.”
“Next time, the government is planning to expand the venues for winter games in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said and congratulated the J&K Sports Council, Ministry of Sports, and J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for organizing the event successfully.
Commissioner of Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary of J&K Sports Council Nuzhat Gull, and other officials from civil, army and police administration were present during the concluding ceremony of the event.
In the 2023 edition of the winter games, Jammu and Kashmir bagged a maximum number of medals including 26 Gold, 25 Silver, and 25 Bronze.
Maharashtra also bagged 13 Gold, 8 Silver, and 6 Bronze medals followed by Himachal Pradesh with 10 Gold, 14 Silver, and 7 Bronze, the officials said, adding that the army also won 10 Gold, 10 Silver, and 9 Bronze medals.
Likewise, Karnataka has bagged 5 Gold, 2 Silver, and 7 Bronze medals, Haryana got 8 Gold, 10 Silver, and 13 Bronze medals, Uttrakhand won 6 Gold, 6 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals and Delhi won 3 Gold, 3 Silver, and 6 Bronze medals. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh (old) remained unlucky to bag any medal while Andhra Pradesh (new) got just one Bronze.
Punjab got one Silver and two Bronze while Rajasthan got 6 Silver and 4 Bronze each. Pondicherry and ABVMI got one Bronze while ITBP got 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, and Lakshadweep could not bag either of the medals.
Earlier yesterday, the MoS had said that like Gulmarg, more J&K places are going to witness winter games from the next year.
Pertinently, Khelo India Winter Games 2023 featured over 1,500 athletes from across the nation, competing in 11 sports. Alpine skiing, curling, bobsleigh, skeleton, snowshoe, nordic skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice skating, ice hockey and bandy were featured at the event.