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Khelo India declared open

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

2019 were declared open here Wednesday in the presence of a host of personalities including double Olympic medallist wrestler

and Union Minister received the virtual torch before Rathore joined athletes in taking the pledge as the Games were declared open at the Shiv Chhatrapati Complex, a issued here said.

Prime MinisterNarendra Modi's message was read out and displayed on the occasion.

Several sportspersons including Sushil Kumar, Olympian winners and Ajit Pal Singh, legend P Gopichand, shooter Gagan Narang, gymnasts Dipa Karmakar and were present.

The ceremony officially kicked off the 12-day extravaganza for over 6,000 Under-17 and Under-21 athletes.

Eighteen disciplines are being contested including athletics, badminton, boxing, and

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 22:55 IST