National Games

Goa was to be hosting the 36th edition of the National Games from 20th October-4th November 2020. However, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hosting of the National Games have been deferred and the new dates shall be announced in consultation with Indian Olympic Association.

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 and compete 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. The last edition of the National Games was held in Kerala in 2015.