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The historic moment has arrived, Gujarat is celebrating golden jubilee of attaining statehood, and maybe we can say the Khel MahaKumbh-2010 sees a mark upon the path. Cultural Secretary Shri Bhagyesh Jha has informed that it takes guts to host such a mega sporting event; preparations are in full swing to organize the mega sporting event.

With a jubilant countdown to the mega sporting event, Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inspired to encourage the natural talent and energy of sports-persons which would lift them to their best performance. They would perform with grace and confident. Under the insightful guidance from the Minister for Sports-youth &Cultural Affairs Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela department's officials are making relentless efforts to make the event a grand success.

The Khel MahaKumbh will get off to a glittering start with the flagging off to ‘Khel MahaKumbh Flame' from Shahibaugh Police stadium on 20th November, which will arrive at taluka and district places on 21st. The district Panchayat -seat-wise competitions would begin on 22nd.As per the schedule- from 22nd to 25th the District Panchayat, Municipality and Municipal Zone-wise competitions are to be held. From 26th to 29th the taluka-level contests are to be held. Direct district level competitions are on anvil from 25th to 1st Dec. Inter district competitions are to be held from 1st to 4th Dec. Special coaching session is arranged with an aim to polish their talents for the players from 5th to 7th Dec. All the state level sporting competitions up to semifinal stage are scheduled to be held between 8th to 12th Dec.

District Panchayat Seat level, Municipality and Corporation Zones, and Taluka level competitions includes sporting events such as athletics, volleyball, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho competitions. District level contests to include basketball, football, judo-wrestling, badminton, table-tennis, skating, swimming, yogasana, hockey, and chess besides athletics-volleyball- Kabaddi and Kho-Kho. State level volleyball completions are arranged separately for the mentally challenged; at the same time, for deaf& dumb and visually impaired persons the special cricket competitions are being organized to mark their participation in Khel MahaKumbh: 2010.

Ahmedabad is all set to host quarter to semi-final level competitions for skating and chess: Surat would play host to swimming, badminton and volleyball: athletics, archery, football and hockey quarter to semifinals at Vadodara: basketball and yogasana quarter to semifinals at Bhavnagar: table-tennis and judo at Rajkot: Kabaddi, Kho-Kho and wrestling at Jamnagar.

Multi-purpose sports complex -Khokhara & Sports Authority–Gandhinagar may get customized to host all the finals. Each sporting event is divided into four age-groups –below and above 16 years age-groups of boys and girls separately. State government has strengthened the sports infrastructure at district level in the recent past. State is making sincere efforts to encourage youngsters to develop their sporting talent and excel in their respective fields.

One of the biggest sporting events as a State we are pleased to see it encouraging athletes' and sportsmen to aim for the best. Gujarat has ever witnessed such a huge participation up to grassroots, the Khel MahaKumbh is really a historic and momentous occasion, which will create and surpass many records.

Commissionerate of Information, Gujarat

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