Celebrations for Goa 2020 National Games to kick off on Jan 31
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Celebrations for Goa 2020 National Games to kick off on Jan 31

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Panaji, Jan 28 : The National Games Organising Committee (NGOC) will kick off celebrations announcing the official launch of the 36th edition of the National Games of India in the city on January 31, 2020. Union Minister of State for (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju will be the chief guest for the event.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar, two time Olympic medalist, along with India's first and only World Champion in Athletics Anju Bobby George would grace the occasion as guests of honour. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Dhruv Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta will also be part of the event.

The grand launch event will take place in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and President of Goa Olympic Association Shripad Naik, Goa Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Sports Manohar Ajgaonkar, Sport Ministers of various States, Sports Secretaries of various states, sportspersons, NGOC members and other dignitaries. The official mascot for the Games would be making its grand entry and will be the main attraction for the Games over the next nine months. To be announced in much fanfare, the National Games curtain raiser would be held in a three hour cultural programme that would see performances by renowned Goan artists and would be hosted by popular television celebrity Anusha Dandekar.

Commenting on the launch event, Goa Chief Minister said, “After hosting international sporting events like the Lusofonia Games and FIFA U-17 World Cup, Goa has emerged as one of the top sporting states in India. We are now all set to host the 36th National Games of India in October 2020 and to herald the beginning of the event, the official announcement has been scheduled on January 31.

A series of promotional activities and spectator engagement initiatives have been planned over the ensuing nine months and we are keen to bring many more such sports events in Goa in the future.” Secretary (Sports) J Ashok Kumar (IAS) said, “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the culture and heritage of Goa before the entire nation. Goa is known as a popular tourist destination will soon be synonymous with an international sporting destination.

We aim to capitalize on Goa’s scenic beauty to attract sports lovers to visit the state and experience a world-class sporting event. Goa shall pave the way for redefining sports events in the country.” Goa2020 Games will witness over 12,000 participants from all states and Union Territories vying for top honours in 37 different disciplines. The National Games of India is the premier multi-discipline sporting event held in the country. The state government has created a state-of-the-art infrastructure for the national sporting event. Recently, five indoor stadiums were inaugurated at Navelim, Sawalwada, Fatorda, Ponda, and Campal on a single day. (UNI)

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