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Madhya Pradesh emerges overall Champion of first ever Beach Games held in Diu

January 14, 2024 6:01 PM IST

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Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the overall champion at the inaugural Beach Games 2024, held at the pristine blue flag certified Ghoghla Beach in Diu. The landlocked state secured a staggering total of 18 medals, including an impressive haul of 7 golds, highlighting the depth of talent within its contingent.

The competition, which unfolded from January 4-11, witnessed 1404 young athletes from 28 states and Union Territories participating in a diverse array of disciplines. The morning and afternoon sessions, strategically scheduled for optimal weather conditions, provided a dynamic and engaging experience for the enthusiastic audience.

Maharashtra clinched 14 medals, including 3 golds, while Tamil Nadu, Uttarkhand, and hosts Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Diu & Daman secured 12 medals each. Notably, Assam secured 8 medals, with an impressive 5 golds.

In a thrilling turn of events, Lakshadweep made history by securing the gold medal in Beach Soccer. Their victory, a 5-4 triumph over Maharashtra in the final, not only added diversity to the medal tally but also underscored the inclusive and nationwide impact of the Diu Beach Games 2024.

The diverse range of sports, from the strategic showdowns in Tug of War to the breath-taking feats of Sea Swimming, the martial artistry of Pencak Silat, the acrobatic displays of Mallakhamb, and the fast-paced action of Beach Volleyball, captivated both participants and spectators. The debut of Beach Boxing added an extra layer of excitement, marking a historic moment in the nation’s athletic journey.

Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur, expressed his support and enthusiasm on social media, stating, “The energy of the athletes and the beauty of Diu has woven a never-before vibe that is enchanting & exhilarating.” He commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to revitalize India’s beaches, taking a sporting turn with the organization of the first-ever Beach Games in Diu, off the Gujarat coast.

India, endowed with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, now has 12 with Blue Flag certification for cleanliness and sustainable tourism.

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