In an attempt to make Khelo India a world-class sporting event for the budding athletes, Sports Authority of India (SAI) has come together with SpiceJet to help more than 1000 kids experience the joy of flying.

At the send-off ceremony of the athletes at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju was present along with ace boxer Mary Kom and sports officials.

Rijiju said Khelo India has been incredible at unearthing young talents who can be groomed to bring laurels for the country and its mission has been to introduce state-of-the-art facilities to athletes from the grassroots level.

“I hope this unique partnership will further strengthen our commitment towards giving the best possible facilities to our athletes,” he said.

The presence of the six-time world champion Mary Kom interacted with the athletes and motivated them before they boarded the flight.

“In my early days I would struggle to buy even a pair of gloves. It is heartening to see Indian sports have come a long way. It’s really great and encouraging to see an amazing flying experience is being provided to these budding stars,” she said.

The 13-day tournament will see 35 states and union territories battle it out in 20 disciplines at the Khelo India Games this time.

To ensure a completely smooth and hassle-free journey for the athletes, the airline has come up with flexibility of baggage, cancellation or replacement of last-minute passengers and provision of meals for the convenience of the participants.

SpiceJet will be running eight dedicated flights between Delhi-Guwahati and Kolkata-Guwahati sectors on Wednesday and on January 14 and 15.


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