Bhubaneswar: The fortieth Junior Nationwide Kho Kho Championship 2021 concluded in Odisha immediately. After grueling competitors, Maharashtra clinched the ladies’s and the lads’s titles within the finals defeating Kolhapur and Delhi respectively. The Championship witnessed thrilling matches over the five-day occasion with semifinals and finals notably creating an electrifying environment, with nail biting matches that saved spectators glued to their seats.
The boys’s match witnessed an in depth encounter between the defending champion Maharashtra and Delhi. Delhi, qualifying to its first ever finals within the match, fought onerous however Maharashtra ultimately managed to win the title by a margin of two factors and an inning.
Within the ladies’s occasion, Maharashtra defeated Kolhapur by three factors to retain their title as champions.
Hosts Odisha completed within the third place alongside West Bengal and Karnataka within the males’s and ladies’s occasion respectively. It was a giant enchancment for Odisha as they’d completed fifth and 13thin the ladies’s and males’s occasions respectively on the earlier version held in 2019.
The match additionally noticed some unimaginable performances from the younger Kho Kho stars with the next athletes being acknowledged for his or her efforts.
Finest Chaser (Boys) – Pabani Sabar, Odisha, Finest Defender (Boys) – Ritik, Delhi, Finest Participant (Boys) – Aditya Kudale
Finest Chaser (Women) – Vrushali Bhoye, Maharashtra, Finest Defender (Women) – Vaishnavi Pawar, Kolhapur, Finest Participant (Women) – Ashwini Shinde, Maharashtra
Money prizes to the tune of Rs 15,20,000 for the winners, runners-up, third place finishers, and particular person awardees had been introduced. Rs 3 lakhs for every winner, Rs 2 lakhs for runners-up and Rs 1 lakh every for third place finishers. Rs 20,000 was awarded to every particular person awardees.
Earlier within the day, Maharashtra tackled Odisha, and Delhi triumphed over West Bengal within the males’s occasion to march into the finals. Equally, within the ladies’s occasion Maharashtra defeated Odisha, and Kolhapur beat Karnataka to safe their berth within the finals.
The semi-final between Maharashtra and Odisha turned out to be one of the thrilling encounters within the match that needed to be determined by a minimumc hase after the groups had been tied, on the finish of regulation.
The Last match was attended by a bunch of dignitaries together with Chief Visitor Shridhar Patra, Chairman, NALCO, together with Company of Honour, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Authorities of Odisha, R. Vineel Krishna, Director Sports activities, KIIT College, Gaganendu Sprint and Secretary Normal, Kho Kho Federation of India, M.S. Tyagi.
This excellent occasion was put collectively at a brief discover, on the state-of-the-art Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium, KIIT College, Bhubaneswar, introduced collectively athletes from throughout the nation and has proved to be an excellent cultural and sporting change.
The fortieth version of the Junior Nationwide Kho Kho Championship held from September 22-26, 2021 noticed over 600 athletes from 53 taking part groups from states and union territories vying for the crown within the males’s and ladies’s class respectively. This nationwide championship was hosted by the Odisha Kho Kho Affiliation, with assist from the Sports activities and Youth Providers Division, Authorities of Odisha, and KIIT (deemed College) underneath the aegis of the Kho Kho Federation of India.
The nationwide championship will function the qualifier for the 4th Khelo India Youth Video games to be held in Panchkula (Haryana) subsequent yr.