Khelo India Youth Games 2019 Star Players List: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary & Other Big Names Participating at KIYG in Pune
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The much-talked-about Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) is an initiative by the government of India to promote sports at the grassroots level through a multi-disciplinary event is into its second season now. The games will see the participation of Under-17 School students, and Under-21 College students, and some of the most exceptional upcoming talents will be selected to train them into professionals in the coming years. Khelo India Youth Games 2019 Live Streaming on Hotstar: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast of KIYG From Pune on TV and Online?

The whole Khelo India Youth Games movement has seen extraordinary participation of media, government and sponsors alike to make the event a grand success. The presence of the star names in any competition only adds to the appeal amongst the masses for any competition, and Khelo India Youth Games 2019 is no different. Khelo India Youth Games 2019 Schedule Free PDF Download Online: Get Complete Timetable in IST, Venue and Other Details of KIYG in Pune.

As the KIYG 2019 Games began on January 9, in Pune, amidst huge fanfare, we bring you a list of the prominent faces who will grace the second edition of the multi-sport event.

1. Saurabh Chaudhary | Discipline: Shooting

16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary is a gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games in 10m air pistol event. An ace shooter with great composure that sometimes defies his age, Chaudhary has also won a gold medal at the ISSF World Championship, Asian Air Gun Championship and Youth Olympic Games.

2. Manu Bhaker | Discipline: Shooting

Manu Bhaker is a big name when it comes to shooting with the 16-year-old winning two medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup. In her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance in 2018, she won a gold medal in 10m air pistol. She failed to finish with a medal in the 2018 Asian Games despite a record qualifying phase.

3. Mehuli Gosh | Discipline: Shooting

Mehuli Gosh won a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and is currently the sixth best shooter in the world. She has represented India at several junior shooting championships in the world and is a champion 10m air rifle shooter.

4. Karman Kaur Thandi | Discipline: Tennis

Karman Kaur Thandi recently broke into the top-200 in WTA rankings and is going to be the flag bearer for women’s tennis in India. The 6 feet 4 inches tall tennis player represented India in Fed Cup in 2017 and the Asian Cup 2018. She won the Taipei Open with Ankita Raina in November 2018 which is her best finish so far in a young career.

5. Sakshi Chaudhary | Discipline: Boxing

Sakshi Chaudhary is a former Junior World Champion Boxer in the 57 Kg weight category and comes from the famous boxing academy in Bhiwani. Her performance in the Khelo India campaign will be under intense scrutiny as she prepares for a podium finish at the 2020 Olympics.

6. Akash Malik | Discipline: Archery

Akash Malik became India’s first silver medalist in archery when he came second at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. The youngster has been in the field for the past six years, and qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is his immediate target.

7. Esha Singh | Discipline: Shooting

13-year-old Telangana girl Esha Singh became an overnight sensation when she won gold at the 62nd National Shooting Championship in 2018 defeating the likes of Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker. Still, with the best years of her shooting life in front of her, the champion athlete will be a star attraction at the Khelo India Games.

8. Jeremy Lalrinnunga | Discipline: Weightlifting

Mizoram boy Jeremy Lalrinnunga created history in Buenos Aires back in 2018 at the Summer Youth Olympics when he lifted 274kg to claim the gold medal in the 62 kg category. He was also part of the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Games.

9. Jisna Mathew | Discipline: Athletics

She is all of 20 but PT Usha trained athlete Jisna Mathew has already represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and won medals at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Championship, Asian Youth Championship and 2016 Asian Junior Athletics Championships.

Over 6,000 athletes across the country will be participating in over 18 sports disciplines in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. Last year, it was Haryana who pipped Maharashtra behind to grab the top spot in the multi-sport competition, with 102 medals - 38 Gold, 26 Silver, and 38 Bronze. It will be exciting to see which state emerges on the top in this edition. Medal Tally of the Inaugural Khelo India School Games 2018: Haryana Emerges Winner With 102 Medals; Maharashtra Second, Delhi Third on Last Day.

The presence of this rising stars is not only going to increase the level of competition in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019, but will also pull in the crowds. At the same time, the participants can get to learn a lot from them which is what the whole competition is about. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about 2019 KIYG in Pune.