Maharashtra Triumphs at the 56th National Kho Kho Championship 2023-24

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Maharashtra emerged victorious in both the men's and women's categories at the 56th National Kho Kho Championship 2023-24.

An Overview of the News:

  • The Kho Kho Federation of India was the organization behind the 56th National Kho Kho Championship 2023–24.

  • The competition ran from March 28, 2024, until April 1, 2024.

Information about the Championship:

  • The competition was held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi.

  • Thirty-seven teams, split into eight groups each, competed in the men's and women's divisions.


  • In addition to a trophy, the winning Maharashtra team took home a monetary award of Rs 3 lakh.

  • A trophy and a monetary prize of Rs 2 lakh were given to the runner-up team.

Men’s Category:

  • Maharashtra defeated the Indian Railway team in the championship game held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

  • Even though the score was equal at 32-32 at the end of regulation time, Maharashtra won thanks to a 52-50 point third inning.

  • With a score of 30-28 points, Maharashtra defeated the Kolhapur squad in the semi-final as well.

Women's category:

  • The Maharashtra women's team, led by Sampada Maurya, defeated the Airport Authority of India team in the championship match.

  • Maharashtra won by a final score of 18–16 points.

  • With a score of 24–20 points, Maharashtra defeated Odisha in the semi-final.

About Kho Kho:

  • After Kabaddi, Kho Kho is a traditional Indian sport that is regarded as the second most popular traditional sport.

  • It is suitable for outdoor and indoor play.

  • The Kho Kho Federation of India staged the first-ever National Championship in 1959 after the sport's inception in 1914 with its maiden competition.

Recognition on a global scale:

  • Both the Third South Asian Federation Games in Kolkata (Calcutta) in 1987 and the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics featured Kho Kho as a showcase sport.

  • The Asian Kho Kho Federation Championship, the first Asian-level competition, was held in Kolkata in 1996.

Kho Kho Day, National/International:

  • To raise awareness of the game, June 30 is designated as National/International Kho Kho Day.

India's Kho Kho Federation:

  • The government-recognized Kho Kho Federation of India was founded in 1955 and has its main office in New Delhi.

  • President Sudhanshu Mitta is in charge of it.

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