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]

National Games of India
Abbreviation Indian Olympic Association
First event 1924
Occur every 2 years


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


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