National Games

Brief on National Games

History & Objectives of the National Games:

The genesis of the National Games is in the Olympic movement, which gathered momentum in the country in the 1920s. Aimed at promoting Olympic Sports in the country, the National Games in India was envisaged as the Indian Olympic Games in its initial years. The culmination of this movement was the launching of the 9th edition of the Indian Olympic Games at Lahore in undivided Punjab in 1924. The competitions were held every two years in a major city of the country ever since. From 1940, the Indian Olympic Games was held as National Games. This event comprises of various sports disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other.

The city of Lucknow hosted the National Games in its first post-independence avatar. The duration and the regulations of the National Games are entirely within the jurisdiction of the Indian Olympic Association. Although the periodicity of National Games is two years it is not allowed to coincide with the years scheduled for the conduct of Olympic Games and Asian Games.

The following were the Host States for the previous editions of the National Games:

National Games

Venue

Year

XXXV

Kerala

2015

XXXIV

Ranchi

2011

XXXIII

Guwahati

2007

XXXII

Hyderabad

2002

XXXI

Punjab

2001

XXX

Manipur

1999

XXIX

Karnataka

1997

XXVIII

Maharashtra

1994

XXVII

Kerala

1987

XXVI

Delhi

1985

XXV

Hyderabad

1979

XXIV

Cuttack

1970

XXIII

Madras

1968

XXII

Bangalore

1966

XXI

Calcutta

1964

XX

Jabalpur

1962

XIX

Delhi

1960

XVIII

Cuttack

1958

XVII

Patiala

1956

XVI

Delhi

1954

XV

Jabalpur

1953

XIV

Madras

1952

XIII

Lucknow

1948

 

The Games before 1947

Sr. no.

Place/ State

Year

Indian Olympic Games

1

Lahore

1924

2

Lahore

1926

3

Lahore

1928

4

Allahabad

1930

5

Madras

1932

6

New Delhi

1934

7

Lahore

1936

8

Calcutta

1938

National Games

9

Bombay

1940

10

Patiala

1942

11

Lahore

1944

12

Lahore

1946

 

Objectives of the National Games

♦ The National Games is organized for the benefit of sportspersons, sports organizations, sports technical officials and sports administrators of India.
♦ It is to be organized economically with administrative and technical efficiency by providing decent accommodation & catering facilities to the participants besides providing the international standard competition venues and sports equipment.
♦ It’s meant to bring awareness among the States/UTs about the necessity for creating the sports infrastructure of international specifications for raising the standard of Indian sports.
♦ It aims to enable the States/UT to organize the national and international competitions thus strengthening the competition program in the country with focus on talent identification for building the medals winning National teams in the International competitions.
♦ It aims to attract the youth in large numbers for participation in sports activities.
♦ It aims to improve the organizational skills of the sports administrators for staging the International multidiscipline games in India. 
♦ It aims to provide avenues to the persons associated with sports to acquire the latest skills in sports administration and technical developments of the discipline concerned.
♦ It aims to enable the persons associated with sports to acquire the latest interpretations on the technical rules and regulations of the discipline concerned and their correct application during competition situation.
♦ It aims to inculcate sports culture among the people of all walks of life and educates the people about the importance of sports to build healthy society.
♦ It aims to develop and strengthen the marketing of sports in a professional way to make the sports organizations at national, state and district level self-sufficient to implement their sports developmental schemes such as talent identification and nurturing and holding competition.
♦ It aims to inspire the Government and Governmental organizations to spread sports culture among their employees and the people in the neighbourhood. 
♦ It aims to utilize the leisure time and surplus energies of the people for constructive activities through participation and organizing sports activities. 

Introduction to the 36th National Games in Goa

The National Games of India is the premier Multi Discipline Sporting Event held in the country, once in every two years. The 36th edition of the National Games was allotted to Goa to host the same in the year 2011. The State of Goa now takes on a mammoth task of hosting the 36th edition of the National Games in November, 2018.

The State having grown in almost all sectors, is now making concrete efforts to nurture the sporting talent in the State by creation of World class Infrastructure and by running various programmes and schemes in the State that will provide aspiring athletes a comprehensive platform. The development of Sports infrastructure therefore not only provides and impetus for grooming athletes in various sports discipline but further improves the quality of life of the local populace and will leave a lasting legacy for the State in terms of Sports Culture.

The State Government has constituted two Committees for the conduct of the Games:

i. National Games Organising Committee (NGOC) - The NGOC is the apex committee formed by the State Government for the management and organization of the Games, headed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. This Committee is vested with all administrative and financial powers and would take decisions on all policy matters.
Under the NGOC, the Government has established a Games Secretariat that is entrusted the responsibility to look after the organisational aspects of the National Games, which is headed by a Chief Executive Officer who is the Secretary (Sports) and supported by the Joint Chief Executive Officer who is the Executive Director, SAG.

ii. Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) - The Empowered Steering Committee headed by the Hon’ble Sports Minister, Government of Goa is the body formed from amongst the members of the Organising Committee in order to speed up the approval processes, increase the frequency of review of all administrative and financial works.


The State has decided to hold 32 sports disciplines, as follows:
1. Aquatics
2. Archery
3. Athletics
4. Badminton
5. Baseball
6. Basketball
7. Beach Handball
8. Beach Volleyball
9. Boxing
10. Canoeing / Kayaking
11. Cycling
12. Fencing
13. Football
14. Gymnastics
15. Handball
16. Hockey
17. Kabaddi
18. Kho-Kho
19. Netball
20. Rowing
21. Rifle Shooting
22. Squash
23. Sepak Takro
24. Table Tennis
25. Taekwondo
26. Tennis
27. Triathlon
28. Volleyball
29. Weightlifting
30. Wrestling
31. Yachting
32. Judo

In order to accommodate the sports disciplines, the State Government has finalized the construction and refurbishment of the facilities. Special Project Wing formed for infrastructure creation for National Games in SAG.

Following infrastructure Projects are in progress: