Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and a host of athletes cheered the students ahead of the state rounds of the first Fit India Quiz scheduled to kick off on February 10.
About 360 schools from 189 districts across 36 states and union territories will be competing for the honours.
The state rounds will be web-based with eight to 32 teams competing to grab the state champion title. The quiz has a prize money of Rs 3.25 crore, which will be awarded to the winning schools and students throughout the various phases.
A total of 36,299 students from 13,502 schools participated in the preliminary rounds that witnessed equal participation from boys and girls.
Two students from Uttar Pradesh outperformed the rest to become the top scorers of the preliminary round. While Divyanshu Chamoli of Delhi Public School, Greater Noida, won the top spot, he was closely followed by Shashwat Mishra of Sunbeam School, Lahartara, Varanasi. The duo were followed by Arkamita of Baldwin Girls High School, Bengaluru, who is also the top scorer for, Karnataka.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given out the clarion call to join the Fit India Movement a couple of years ago. Taking his vision forward, we launched the Fit India Quiz – India’s first school fitness and sports quiz. I congratulate all the students across India who participated in the preliminary round of the quiz and I wish all the State-round competitors all the best and hope you make your school, district and state proud,” Thakur said.
Following the state rounds, 36 school teams (winners from each state and/or Union Territory) will move to the national-level round.