Describing the details of the event, Thakur said more than 1,350 participants from across 32 states and union territories will take part in seven disciplines at the multi-sport competition. He added that the Games will be a "game-changer" in the quest to improve the status quo of para sports in India, and in identifying and aiding talented athletes with disability.
Thakur wrote on X: "With great joy and satisfaction, I'm pleased to announce that the first edition of Khelo India Para-Games will be held from 10 to 17 December in New Delhi. I am sure that the first edition of the Khelo India Para Games will be a successful one and I extend my best wishes to the para-athletes for the upcoming games."
India para athletes recently returned with a rich haul of medals from the Hangzhou Asian Para Games 2023, where they finished fifth in the overall tally with a record 111 medals, including 29 gold, 31 silver and 51 bronze. The contingent won four medals more than that won in the preceding Hangzhou Asian Games 2023.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) lauded the step taken by the Indian government. "Indeed a milestone endeavor to empower our para-athletes! Heartiest wishes to all the participants as they prepare to triumph hard and shine bright," the SAI handle posted on X.