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As per the list of confirmed entries, so far Uttar Pradesh stands third among the number of athletes the state will be sending for the inaugural edition of the Khelo India School Games scheduled to begin in Delhi from January 31. With 246 confirmed entries, the state is just behind Delhi (341) and Maharashtra (321). However, sheer numbers are not enough as the state promises to focus on getting the most out of their athletes. Uttar Pradesh will leave no stone unturned in preparing their athletes for the inaugural Khelo India School Games. The 246 athletes in 13 disciplines will be trained in specifically set up coaching camps ahead of the Games. This strategy was revealed by Uttar Pradesh Director of Secondary Education Dr Avadh Naresh Sharma.The hockey (boys and girls) and swimming squads will train in Lucknow while the volleyball (boys and girls) and kabaddi (boys) teams and badminton players will be given special coaching in Faizabad. Reportedly, the judo squad will be training in Saharanpur, the gymnastics team in Agra while camps for wrestling, athletics, boxing, weightlifting, shooting and archery will be held in Meerut. source: Khelo India Out of the 16 disciplines in the Khelo India School Games, the Uttar Pradesh teams basketball, football and kho-kho have failed to qualify for the Games, However, this has only provided the contingent with renewed motivation for making the most out of the 13 disciplines that they are going to be a part of. According to the official School Games website, the contingent breakdown is athletics (77), hockey (36), wrestlers (29), volleyball (24), Judo (17), shooting (16), kabaddi (12), weightlifting (12), badminton (8), gymnastics (7), swimming (7) and archery (1). The announcement of the coaching camps has certainly raised the bar at the elite school-level event. This is almost akin to an open challenge to the other states. With this announcement, Uttar Pradesh has demonstrated its firm resolution to do as well in the Games as is physically possible. The level of competition has definitely gone up and this ensures a better target-and-identify procedure that the Games are supposed to stand for. Uttar Pradesh Education Deputy Director Jitendra Kumar Malik and Raatn Muni Jain Inter-College Principal Dr Anil Vashisht have been named Chef de Mission and Deputy Chef de Mission of the Uttar Pradesh team.