The preparations for the much-delayed 36th National Games to be hosted by Goa are currently in progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic but the timely conduct of the event will depend on assurances from participating teams, the organisers said.
In a letter to Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Goa Sports Secretary Ashok Kumar said they have decided to proceed ahead with the arrangements till May 31 post which an assessment of the situation with regards to the coronavirus will be done.
“Despite this grim scenario, I would like to assure that the Government of Goa and the Orgainising Committee is working alongside to attend to all the National Games related matters with the commitment it deserves,” Kumar wrote in the letter.
“The hosting of the National Games had come up for discussion with authorities and it has been internally decided to proceed with all required arrangements till 31/05/2020, post which, after assessing the COVID-19 situation at that point in time, and in consultation with the lOA, a suitable decision could be arrived on the conduct of the Games, for which the assured participation by the qualified teams will be the single most important factor.”
Kumar said he is now looking forward to a response from the IOA.
The National Games were originally slated to be held back in November 2016 and the event has gone through multiple delays including shifting of venue away from Goa.
They are scheduled to be held from October 20-November 4 this year.
National Games 2020 mascot
Rubigula– a flame-throated Bulbul — is the official mascot of the upcoming National Games. The mascot was unveiled on Saturday amid a host of dignitaries. The 36th edition of the event will be staged in Panaji, Goa from October 20, 2020.