Postponed a number of occasions on account of completely different causes, the Nationwide Video games shall be held in a number of cities in Gujarat in September-October this yr, the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) Secretary Common Rajiv Mehta informed PTI on Wednesday.

The IOA took the choice after Gujarat Olympic Affiliation and the state authorities collectively expressed their curiosity to host the Video games.

“The Gujarat authorities wrote to us that it backs the expression of curiosity of the state Olympic Affiliation to host the Video games and we’re comfortable to just accept their proposal,” Mehta informed PTI.

“The Video games shall be held in 5 or 6 cities in Gujarat, together with Ahmedabad in September-October. The precise dates shall be introduced after a number of days. We’re comfortable that the Video games shall be held after a whole lot of delay,” he added.

Mehta mentioned the IOA high brass took the choice in “fast time” as a result of it wished to stage the Video games this yr after a number of delays.

“The highest brass has the ability to take the choice and take approval of common home of the IOA later. In any case, we now have taken approval of many NSFs and state our bodies by way of e mail.

“We’re additionally going to name a Common Physique Assembly to ratify some necessary choices in addition to the internet hosting of Nationwide Video games. We’re going to strategy Delhi Excessive Courtroom and Supreme Courtroom (the place circumstances involving IOA are pending) to permit us to name a GBM,” Mehta mentioned.

The final Nationwide Video games have been held in Kerala in 2015 and Goa was to host the thirty sixth version in November 2016. After two delays in 2018 and 2019 because of the state’s lack of ability to create sufficient infrastructure, the Video games have been additional postponed to 2020.

COVID-19 then compelled the postponement of the Nationwide Video games and the Goa authorities was nonetheless not sure whether or not it will likely be capable of host them this yr.

“Goa has informed IOA that they don’t seem to be going to have the ability to host the Nationwide Video games this yr. So, let Gujarat hosts the Video games, that’s good for everyone. We really feel Gujarat has the potential because the state authorities has backed the proposal.

“We are able to then host the Nationwide Video games one after the opposite, like in Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya.”

He mentioned Gujarat can present the required infrastructure to host the Nationwide Video games in such a short while because the state already has high amenities in numerous sports activities.

“Gujarat already has high amenities and we’re sure that the state can host the Video games. The robust backing by the state authorities clinched the problem. After all, groups from IOA will examine the amenities.”


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