Jalandhar: Sportsmen and women of Lovely Professional University (LPU) have emerged as “Overall Champions” among nation’s all private universities in first ever edition of university students’ prestigious sports competition ‘Khelo India University Games-2020’. With tall tally of 23 Medal winnings (9 Gold, 6 Silver and 8 Bronze Medals); LPU is ranked 6th among 175+universities from all across India. However, 96 of these were selected to participate. Near 3500 university students of the country had battled for glory in a wide range of sporting events of international magnitude. LPU has trounced strong-footed government and private universities like Universities of Mumbai, Madras, Delhi, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and more. Concluded on 1st March 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the competitions in the month of February 2020 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and had exhorted the athletes to better their performances.
The first ever edition of ‘Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2020’ competitions came to a conclusion by crowning the winners of the inaugural edition. The university students were given a platform to put their talents on display and top in a wide 17 range of sporting events including Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Kabbadi, Rugby, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weight-Lifting, Wrestling and more. LPU students participated in 11 games and won 9 Gold medals. Being up to the expectations of the nation and the university, LPU students won 2 gold medals for weightlifting in weight category 96Kgs, 59Kgs; 3 for Judo in weight category of 100+Kgs, 78Kgs, 60Kgs; and, one each in Wrestling, Boxing, Javelin Throw and Heptathlon. Some of the Gold Medal Winner LPU students are weight- lifters Yumnum Khondonbi Chanu, Gurjeet; wrestler Rani Rana, Javelin thrower Shilpa, judo players Shiva Kumar, Anmol, Ritik Kumar and Boxer Ashutosh .
Congratulating the students on historic win at the inaugural edition of the games, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal expressed his wish to see LPU students win top Olympic Medals too. Mr Mittal shared: “It is indeed a momentous moment for LPU Sports as LPU students have excelled over the top competitors from top institutions of the country. I congratulate all the mentors at the university who guided the winners for their deft skills. Their and students hard work will certainly take them ahead along with their dreams to win the world.”
In fact, KIUG-2020 is the largest ever multi-discipline sports event conducted for University students, and hopes to unearth talented sportspersons for India. This revolutionized form of the sports competition among the students is sure to find more Olympians, and unearth robust talent from the educational institutions too. Here, Panjab University Chandigarh claimed the top honours winning the championship and Savitribai Phule Pune University is declared runner up.