Hyderabad: It was a poor show from the Telugu states as 5 universities from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were only able to bag 3 gold medals. The first edition of the Khelo India University Games 2020 held in Odisha saw Punjab University win a total of 46 medals and clinch the overall competition with 17 gold, 19 silver, and 10 bronze medals. Savitribai Phule Pune University finished second with 17 gold, 11 silver, and nine bronze, bringing the total to 37.

The Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana won three gold, five silver, and three bronze medals. Palamuru University, Krishna University, Andhra University, Osmania University, and Acharya Nagarjuna University were among the universities that won. Acharya Nagarjuna University was the top performer among these universities and ranked 38 with one gold and silver each and two bronze medals. It won gold in athletics and silver and bronze in weightlifting. Yarraji Jyothi of Acharya Nagarjuna University won the gold in 100m hurdles which she finished in 13.77 seconds.

Next was Osmania with one gold and silver each and ranked 45. Anusha Kondaveeti and Shravya Shivani of the university’s women’s tennis team won the gold, while the men’s table tennis team won silver. Krishna Prasad Garaga from Andhra University won a gold in men’s badminton. The university also won a bronze medal and ranked 50th. Krishna University was 72 on the list with two silvers in weightlifting and athletics, while Palamuru University finished 81 with one silver medal in athletics.

Meanwhile, Union minister of youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to assure that the university games will be held regularly along with the youth games. “Don’t worry if your University couldn’t be in ranking list of first-ever #KheloIndia #UniversityGames as history is made. From now on, as per the visions of PM @narendramodi ji, Khelo India University Games will be held regularly along with the Khelo India Youth Games! (sic)”

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