Marking a first in India's Khelo India programme, the Khelo India Para Games will be held in Delhi in December 2023, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur announced on Wednesday. The Games will be held across eight days from December 10-17 and will be hosted across three Stadiums in the national capital.

"I am proud to announce that from December 10 to 17, the first-ever Khelo India Para Games will be held in various locations across New Delhi. A total of 7 disciplines will be held across three SAI (Sports Authority of India) Stadiums," Thakur said in a video posted on his official X account on Wednesday.

There will be 1350 athletes coming from 32 states and Union Territories fighting in seven disciplines. These disciplines are para

athletics, para shooting, para archery, para football, para-badminton, para table tennis, and para weightlifting. Notably, the Games will be held in three Stadiums - the IG Stadium, Shooting Range in Tughlaqabad and the JLN Stadium.

The Khelo India Games is an initiative proposed by the Indian government, in 2017. According to the official website, "The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as a great sporting nation."

The Games are being held since 2018. A total of 5 Khelo India Youth Games, 3 Khelo India University Games, and 3 Khelo India Winter Games have been held till now. 
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