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KIYG shows Delhi are a cut above the rest, but judo is gaining in popularity

U21 girls Below-52Kgs Pinky Balhara (Dli) in white bt Ruksana Iqbal (Guj) in the gold medal bout at Khelo India Youth Games
Delhi judokas proved to be a cut above the rest and ended up in the numero uno position. It was as if the script was written in advance, as Delhi from the first day consistently picked up three gold medals on all four days.
Ending up with a whopping 12 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze, Delhi remained only state to have a double-digit gold tally in judo. The closest was Punjab with 4 gold, while Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and hosts Maharashtra had three each.

Gold medallist Jobandeep Singh (Pun) in action during Boys U-21 below-100kgs match at Khelo India Youth Games
In the corresponding boy’s event, Punjab and Haryana gave Delhi a tough fight winning 2 golds each. In the Under-17 section, Punjab steered clear on the silver count as compared to Delhi, while in the Under-21 section Haryana topped edging Punjab and Delhi in the silver and bronze medal count.   
The boys section had a fair degree of competition and included Jakarta Asian Games member Harshdeep Singh Brar (Punjab) and Sachin Malik (Delhi). 
The fact, however is that the sport continues to be dominated states from the North. Consider this; between nine states won a huge chunk of 22 gold, 17 silver and 24 bronze.
In comparison, states from the South could not muster a gold. However, the surprise was the athletic and football loving state of Kerala who cornered eight medals (2 silver & 6 bronze).
From the East, Manipur remained the flagbearer with Youth Olympics silver medallist and Asian Championship gold winner Tababi Devi Thangjam (Below-52kgs) and Maibam Indubala Devi (Below78 kgs) leading from the front
Interestingly, the surprise packet was Arunachal Pradesh, who as a wild card entry won two silver medals via the individual effort of Kabin Doyom (Under 17 & Under-21 girls, Below-48kg) category respectively. They also had 2 bronze to their credit.
Arunachal Pradesh came through the wild card entry system handed to those states who had lesser participation during inaugural KIYG an initiative powered by the Govt/ GTCC. Arunachal’s haul via this system has proved to be a gateway for talent scouting.
Hosts Maharashtra led the challenge from the West. In picking up 3 golds they along with Gujarat (2 gold) and Rajasthan (1 gold) remained the only zone that had all medal-winning state contribute gold.
The three gold that Maharashtra won were; in the Under-17 section; Dev Thapa (Boys; Below 66kgs), Apoorva Patil (Girls, Above 63kgs) and Tanvin Tamboli (Under-21 Girls Below 70kgs), which earned them fifth position.
With the state government’s Krida Prabodhini, located in Pune, shortlisted as an affiliate of the Khelo India Talent Development programme this year, there is certainly a brighter future for Maharashtra in the time to come.

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