The Union Sports Minister admitted that the calendar for the games was in jeopardy due to COVID-19 and that the infrastructure was also affected
The 36th National Games were scheduled to be held October 20 to November 4 this year in Goa
The coronavirus outbreak has brought all sporting activities to a grinding halt worldwide. In India, major events like the IPL have been postponed indefinitely and some tournaments cancelled
Narinder Batra said he hopes the National Games will be a perfect preparatory platform for the Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian athletes
"There will be 30 events under four disciplines including snowboarding, snow skiing, cross country and snow show in which players from across the country would participate," the spokesman said
Batra strongly advocated that the National Games should be held every two years and said Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya have already bid for the next editions after Goa
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) finalised the dates during its meeting with the Goan delegation in New Delhi on Saturday
After Kerala hosted the previous edition of the National Games in 2015, Goa has struggled to create the infrastructure and four postponements have been sought in the last three years
After Goa expressed its inability to host the event in March-April, a furious Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has threatened to change the venue.
Five sports – Rugby, Wushu, Modern Pentathlon, Lawn Bowl, and Billiards and Snooker – will be added to the Games programme.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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