Kabaddi league matches to kickstart competitions today at Greater Noida
Khel Today Bureau
Greater Noida: League matches for both the men’s and women’s Kabaddi competitions, will kickstart sporting action at the 3rd Khelo India University Games 2022 Uttar Pradesh (KIUG 2022 UP) on Tuesday. It will be an evening start at the Indoor stadium of the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik (SVSP) sports complex located here in the city, with three women’s and four men’s pool matches scheduled on the roster. The first matches, a Pool B encounter between the H.P. University, Shimla and H.C.Y. University, Durg, women’s teams and a Pool A clash between the M.D. University, Rohtak and V.E.L.S. University, Tamil Nadu, men’s teams begin at 4.00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
A total of 15 University teams, with Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, being the only University fielding teams in both the women’s and men’s sections, will take part in the competition where a total of 190 athletes are registered to participate. The 24-league matches conclude on May 25th with the semi-finals scheduled for May 26th while the finals take place on May 27th, 2023.
Both previous winners, Kota University of Rajasthan (men’s) and Kurukshetra University of Haryana (women’s) will be there to defend their titles which they won in Bengaluru last year.
Although the grand official opening ceremony of the 3rd edition of the KIUG 2022 UP is slated for May 25, 2023, at Lucknow’s B.B.D. University Main Ground, competitions begin with Kabaddi at Greater Noida on May 23rd with other disciplines like Basketball, Mallakhamb, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Football, Rugby and Tennis also beginning at various venues from May 24th, 2023.
As many as 4008 athletes from 207 Universities from across the country will participate in 21 sporting disciplines at the 3rd KIUG 2022 UP, making it the largest KIUG ever. Water sports in the form of Rowing, will also be making its debut at the KIUG with Gorakhpur’s picturesque natural lake Ramgarh Taal, all set to play host. Four cities of UP namely Lucknow, Varanasi and Noida, besides Gorakhpur, will host the 12-day multi-sport extravaganza while Delhi will be hosting the Shooting competition.