National Games of India

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The National Games of India is a sporting event held in India. It comprises various disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other. It was in 1924, in erstwhile Punjab, that the Indian chapter of the Olympic movement was born. The founder was G.D. Sondhi, the first Secretary of the Punjab Olympic Association. Lt.Col H.L.O. Garrett, vice principal of Government College, Lahore, was the President of the founder body. The same year, the country's first Olympic Games, now christened as National Games, were organised in Lahore, the then capital of undivided Punjab.[1][2]


Indian Olympic Games (Early National Games)[edit]

The Games were held every two years from 1924 as Indian Olympic Games and were renamed as National Games when they were first held in Bombay in 1940.

Modern National Games[edit]

The Indian Olympic Association, the premier sports organizing body of the nation, mooted the concept of the National Games. For several years it was conducted on a low keynote. However, the Modern National Games on the lines of the Olympics were held in 1985 in New Delhi. Thereafter Kerala(1987), Pune(1994), Bangalore(1997),Manipur(1999), Ludhiana(2005), Hyderabad(2002) and Guwahati(2007) have hosted the Games.

Periodicity of National Games[edit]

The National Games are required to be held once in two years leaving those years in which the Olympic Games and Asian Games are scheduled to be held. Only in exceptional cases or natural calamity, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) can allow relaxation from the general rule. The duration and the regulation of the National Games is entirely within the jurisdiction of IOA.[2]



List of National Games of India
Competition name Number Year Venue
Indian Olympic Games I 1924 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
II 1926 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
III 1928 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
IV 1930 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Allahabad
V 1932 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Madras
VI 1934 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Delhi
VII 1936 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
VIII 1938 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Calcutta
National Games IX 1940 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Bombay
X 1942 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Patiala
XI 1944 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
XII 1946 British Raj Red Ensign.svg Lahore
XIII 1948 India Lucknow
XIV 1952 India Madras
XV 1953 India Jabalpur
XVI 1954 India Delhi
XVII 1956 India Patiala
XVIII 1958 India Cuttack
XIX 1960 India Delhi
XX 1962 India Jabalpur
XXI 1964 India Calcutta
XXII 1966 India Bangalore
XXIII 1968 India Madras
XXIV 1970 India Cuttack
XXV 1979 India Hyderabad
National Games
(new format)
XXVI 1985 India Delhi
XXVII 1987 India Thiruvananthapuram
XXVIII 1994 India Mumbai-Pune
XXIX 1997 India Bangalore
XXX 1999 India Imphal
XXXI 2001 India Punjab
XXXII 2002 India Hyderabad
XXXIII 2007 India Guwahati
XXXIV 2011 India Ranchi
National Games
XXXV 2015 India Thiruvananthapuram
XXXVI 2016 India Goa
XXXVII 2017 India Chhattisgarh
XXXVIII 2018 India Kolkata


List of National Winter Games of India
Competition name Number Year Venue
National Winter Games I 1996 India Gulmarg
II 2000 India Manali
III 2002 India Auli
IV 2004 India Gulmarg
V 2008 India Gulmarg

Future Games[edit]

Though National Games are supposed to be held once in 2 years, it is faltering on this schedule. It took Guwahati five years to conduct the games after Hyderabad organized the National Games in 2002.

The 34th National Games had been postponed six times before finally opening on February 12, 2011.[3] The 35th National Games were to be held at Kerala in 2012, it was then announced that it would be held from 31 January to February 14, 2015.[4] The 36th National Games will be held at Goa[5] and the 37th National Games will be held after that in Chhattisgarh.[6]


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