- Participation of over 2000 atheletes & players from rural areas of Himachal Pradesh
- Featuring 12 different games
New Delhi, January 6, 2017:. Uflex STAIRS Himachal Khel Mahotsav, a state-level mega sporting event organised by STAIRS (Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports) in association with Uflex Ltd., India’s largest flexible packaging company, drew to close today, in Una, Himachal Pradesh. The five-day long sports extravaganza which started on 2nd January 2017, was kicked off at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Una.
Termed as the mini Olympics, UFLEX STAIRS Himachal Khel Mahotsav featured more than 2,000 young sportspersons and champions of the age group 12-24 years from rural areas of Himachal Pradesh. The participants vied for honours in in over 12 sports including – Football, Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis, Kabaddi, Wrestling, Handball, Volleyball, Athletics, Judo, Basketball, Chess, Karate, Swimming and Kho-kho.
There was a prize distribution ceremony at the closing event, during which the winning teams and players received trophies, medals and certificates for their excellent performances.
Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General, STAIRS congratulated the winning teams and players for their superb performances and all the participants for their enthusiasm and passion towards sports. He said, “It is overwhelming and encouraging to see the growing love for today’s children towards sports like Kabaddi, Handball, Kho-kho, apart from popular sports like football and cricket. Sports event like Uflex Stairs Himachal Khel Mahotsav celebrates the sporting excellence among rural athletes and promotion of sports at rural level. I believe that government should encourage nurturing of rural sports talent, as it brings out the qualities of leadership, discipline and positive competition among the youth”.
The selected players go through a scouting process to enter into the UFLEX STAIRS Himachal Khel Mahotsav. Top champions are screened and scouted from the rural areas and given an opportunity to partake and exhibit their talent in the Himachal Khel Mahotsav.
STAIRS is currently the largest organisation that ensures youth development through sports. With the focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) through sports, over 300,000 children play – without having to spend a penny – ‘every day’ at 400 STAIRS Training Centres in over 4,000 villages across seven states in India. Over 20,000,00 lives have already been touched and changed through STAIRS’ interventions, and the organisation is steadily scaling and increasing its reach with an aim to touch one billion lives by 2020.