36th National Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the 36th National Games in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Key facts

  • The 2022 National Games of India will be held from September 29 to October 12 this year.
  • Also known as Gujarat 2022, it will be organized in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar.
  • The event will include sports such as athletics, field hockey, football, volleyball, table tennis, skateboarding, kabaddi, mallakhamba etc.
  • Teams from 28 states and 8 union territories are expected to take part in this event.
  • A team representing the Indian Armed Forces will also participate in Gujarat 2022.
  • The two new UTs – Ladakh and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu – will make their debut at the National Games this year.
  • The last edition of these games was held in Kerala in 2015.

About National Games

The National Games traces its origins to the Olympic Movement, which became highly popular in India in the 1920s. The National Games of India was organized as the Indian Olympic Games in the initial years. Since the 9th edition of the 1924 Indian Olympic Games in Lahore, these games have been held every two years in major cities of India. In 1940, the Indian Olympic Games was organized as National Games. It involves competition between sportsmen from various parts of the country. The city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh hosted the inaugural edition of the National Games in Independent India. These games’ duration and regulations are within the jurisdiction of the Indian Olympics Association. The National Games must be conducted in such a way that they do not clash with the Olympic Games and Asian Games.

Indian Olympics Association

The Indian Olympics Association is responsible for choosing the athletes to represent India at the Olympics games, Asian Games and other international sports events. It is also responsible for managing the teams representing these events. It acts as the Indian Commonwealth Games Association, which is responsible for choosing athletes representing India at the quadrennial event of Commonwealth Games.

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