2015 National Games of India

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35th National Games of India
National Games Kerala 2015 Logo.jpg
2015 National Games Logo
Host cityThiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Kannur
MottoGet Set Play
Opening ceremony31 January 2015 (2015-01-31)
Closing ceremony14 February 2015 (2015-02-14)
Officially opened byVenkaiah Naidu, Union Minister
Officially closed byPranab Mukherjee, Honourable President of India
Athlete's OathPreeja Sreedharan
Torch lighterP.T. Usha and Anju Bobby George
Main venueGreenfield Stadium
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The 2015 National Games of India, also known as the 35th National Games of India, was held from 31 January 2015 to 14 February 2015 across seven districts of Kerala, India.[1] It was the second time that Kerala hosted the national games, the first being when it hosted the 27th National Games in 1987.

The opening ceremony took place at Greenfield Stadium, on 31 January 2015 at 6.00 PM. Union Minister of Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the opening ceremony.

Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was selected as the goodwill ambassador for the games.[2]


Ammu, the great hornbill.

Ammu, the Great Hornbill (the state bird of Kerala) was chosen as the mascot, reflecting a concern for conservation as this is a species facing extinction. It is also an expression of the need to preserve Kerala's rain forests and regenerate the lost habitat of this precious bird. The choice of a feminine name for the mascot is a tribute to the women of Kerala and is a reminder that Kerala is proud to have a gender ratio which is tilted in favour of women - the only state in India that can claim that honour.

Games Village[edit]

The Games Village is constructed based on the novel concept of Prefabricated Housing Technology. The Prefabricated housing would go well with the concept of ‘Green Games’ as it is environmentally friendly, lightweight, energy efficient and faster to construct. One major advantage of this technology is that the individual housing units can be dismantled and relocated to other locations after the Games with additional cost in the form of steel Flashing / trims, civil foundation, internal electrification and plumbing, hardware, floor finish, wall cladding etc.

A total of 365 pre-fab houses occupying 5 athletes per room while team officials and coaches will be allocated single or double rooms. Social infrastructures such as kitchen, food courts, reception desks, medical centre, recreational zone, health club, open-air theatre, conference halls etc. are included in the Games Village. Apart from these, it also has house-keeping, solid waste management, security, clean water distribution facilities and even landscaping.

The Games Village is a ‘miniature India' as this venue is supposed to be the most vocal and visual representation of India's national integration at the Games.

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony was held at Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. Union Minister for Urban Development, M. Venkaiah Naidu declared the Games open in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, State Sports Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal, IOA president N. Ramachandran and the local M.P., Shashi Tharoor.[3] The games torch, a cauldron shaped like a traditional Kerala lamp, was lit by athletes P.T. Usha and Anju Bobby George, and was passed to them by Sachin Tendulkar. The oath was taken on the behalf of the participants by the Kerala captain, Preeja Sreedharan.

Sports events[edit]

There are 33 sports disciplines in 2015 Kerala Games.[4] Yachting is a newly included event. Aquatics (50 disciplines) and athletics (44 disciplines) were the biggest and most popular events in Kerala Games 2015; shooting (38 disciplines) became another big event.

Sports event Number of medals
Aquatics 50
Athletics 44
Shooting 38
Canoeing 36
Wrestling 24
Cycling 20
Boxing 20
Gymnastics 20
Rowing 18
Archery 15
Weightlifting 15
Wushu 15
Judo 14
Fencing 12
Lawn Bowls 8
Badminton 7
Table Tennis 7
Tennis 6
Triathlon 4
Basketball 2
Beach Handball 2
Beach Volleyball 2
Football 2
Handball 2
Hockey 2
Kabbadi 2
Kho Kho 2
Netball 2
Squash 2
Volleyball 2
Taekwondo 1
Rugby Sevens 1
Yachting 1


Venue Sports District
Agricultural College Indoor Stadium Taekwondo, Netball Thiruvananthapuram
Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium (CSN) Athletics Thiruvananthapuram
Cherai Beach Yachting Ernakulam
CIAL Convention Center Fencing Ernakulam
CIAL Golf Course Lawn Bowls Ernakulam
EMS Stadium Football Kozhikode
Corporation Stadium, Thrissur Football Thrissur
Greenfield Stadium Thiruvananthapuram
Indoor Stadium, Mundayad Wrestling, Basketball Kannur
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium Archery Ernakulam
Jimmy George Indoor Stadium Handball, Gymnastics Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala Police Academy Shooting Thiruvananthapuram
Kovalam Bypass Triathlon Thiruvananthapuram
Kozhikode Beach Beach Volleyball Kozhikode
Lal Bahadur Shastri Corporation Stadium Rugby Kollam
LNCPE Velodrome and Indoor Stadium Cycling, Wushu Thiruvananthapuram
Medical College Ground Football Kozhikode
New Hockey Stadium Hockey Kollam
New Tennis Complex Tennis Thiruvananthapuram
Pirappancode Aquatics Complex Aquatics Thiruvananthapuram
Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium Table Tennis, Badminton Ernakulam
Shankumugham Beach Beach Handball Thiruvananthapuram
Shooting Range Shooting Thiruvananthapuram
Squash Court Squash Thiruvananthapuram
Sreepadam Stadium Kho Kho, Kabadi Thiruvananthapuram
Thriprayar Indoor Stadium Boxing Thrissur
University Stadium Athletics Thiruvananthapuram
Vembanad lake Rowing, Canoeing & Kayaking Alappuzha
V.K.N. Menon Indoor Stadium Volleyball Thrissur
V.K.N. Menon Indoor Stadium Weightlifting, Judo Thrissur

Top 10 medal winners[edit]

Rank Sport Athlete State Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Swimming Sajan Prakash Kerala 6 2 0 8
2 Canoeing & Kayaking Rajina Kiro Andaman & Nicobar Islands 5 1 0 6
3 Canoeing & Kayaking Madhya Pradesh 5 1 0 6
4 Swimming Aakanksha Vora Maharashtra 5 1 0 6
5 Shooting Vijay Kumar Services SCB 5 0 1 6
6 Shooting Gurpreet Singh Services SCB 5 0 0 5
7 Gymnastics Dipa Karmakar Tripura 5 0 0 5
8 Swimming Richa Mishra Madhya Pradesh 4 1 2 7
9 Shooting Chain Singh Manhas Services SCB 4 1 1 6
10 Swimming Dhumatkar Aditi Maharashtra 4 1 0 5

Medals tally[edit]

The top ten ranked teams at the Games are listed below. The host state, Kerala, is highlighted.

  *   Host state

6Madhya Pradesh23274191
8Tamil Nadu16162052
Totals (32 states)4044045321340

Greening the National Games[edit]

The 2015 National Games was associated with green protocols.[5] This was initiated by Suchitwa Mission, aiming for "zero-waste" venues. Waste Management programmes were implemented at all 29 venues. To make the event "disposable-free", a ban on the use of disposable water bottles was enforced.[6] The event witnessed the usage of reusable tableware and stainless steel tumblers.[7] Athletes were provided with refillable steel flasks.[8] It is estimated that these green practices prevented the generation of about 120 metric tonnes of disposable waste.[9] Suchitwa Mission requested the help of volunteers to achieve the green objectives,[10] and the service of these 700 volunteers to achieve the green objectives were applauded by the Chief Minister.[11]


  1. ^ "Kerala to host 35th National Games from January 31". The Hindu. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Sachin Tendulkar to be goodwill ambassador for national games". The Hindu. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Glitter and glamour mark opening ceremony". January 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Indian National Games 2015 Kerala Schedule - Calendar". Indian Crux. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Green rules of the National Games". Thehindu.com. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ "National Games: Green Panel Recommends Ban on Plastic". Newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  8. ^ yentha.com. "National Games 2015: Simple Steps To Keep Games Green - Trivandrum News - Yentha.com". Yentha.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Setting a New Precedent". Newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-03-22. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-28.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2011 National Games of India
National Games of India Succeeded by
2016 National Games of India