Postponed a number of instances attributable to completely different causes, the Nationwide Video games can be held in a number of cities in Gujarat in September-October this yr, the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) Secretary Basic 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 joyful to simply accept their proposal,” Mehta informed PTI.
“The Video games can be held in 5 or 6 cities in Gujarat, together with Ahmedabad in September-October. The precise dates can be introduced after a couple of days. We’re joyful that the Video games can be held after a variety of delay,” he added.
Mehta mentioned the IOA high brass took the choice in “fast time” as a result of it needed 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 normal home of the IOA later. In any case, we’ve got taken approval of many NSFs and state our bodies through e-mail.
“We’re additionally going to name a Basic 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 instances 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 enough infrastructure, the Video games have been additional postponed to 2020.
COVID-19 then pressured the postponement of the Nationwide Video games and the Goa authorities was nonetheless not sure whether or not it is going to be capable of host them this yr.
“Goa has informed IOA that they aren’t 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 aptitude because the state authorities has backed the proposal.
“We will then host the Nationwide Video games one after the opposite, like in Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, 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 services in varied sports activities.
“Gujarat already has high services and we’re sure that the state can host the Video games. The sturdy backing by the state authorities clinched the problem. In fact, groups from IOA will examine the services.”