Kerala’s first Olympics underway in Thiruvananthapuram


The Kerala Olympics is a multi-sport mega event organized by the Kerala Olympics Association (KOA). The games would continue until May 10.

The first gold medals of Kerala’s inaugural Olympics were won by Andhra Pradesh native T Varun and Manipur native T Praseetha in the taekwondo competition on Sunday. Varun won the medal in the 68 kg category while Praseetha in the 46 kg category. Varun won the gold medal at the All India University Games this year. Praseetha participated in the 2018 World Championship held in Tunisia. Both are students of Thiruvananthapuram SAI (Sports Authority of India). Only the taekwondo finals were held on the first day of the Kerala Games.

Kerala’s first-ever Olympics were inaugurated by the state’s Sports Minister, V Abdurahiman, at the University Stadium on Saturday. The games kicked off on Monday with a 21.1km half marathon organized by the National Olympic Association. Shivam Yadav for men and Preenu Yadav for women emerged victorious. At least 2,000 participants from across the country took part in the race, organizers said.

The Kerala Olympics is a multi-sport mega event organized by the Kerala Olympics Association (KOA). The games would continue until May 10. The Games were originally scheduled to be held in mid-February, but were postponed to May in the wake of the pandemic.

In December, Education Minister Sivankutty unveiled the Games mascot – a rabbit named Neeraj – in honor of Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

Athletics, water sports, archery, basketball, boxing, badminton, cycling, football, wrestling, hockey, judo, karate, kambadi (kabaddi), kho-kho, netball, rugby, shooting, wushu, tennis, ping- pong, taekwondo, volleyball and weightlifting would be part of the Games.

Athletes and teams participating in the Kerala Olympics have been selected through district level events. More than 8,000 athletes are expected at the Games.

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