A top official of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has informed ToI that the National Games that were to be held in Goa will be shifted to another state. The Games were scheduled to be held in December of this year. Goa Olympic Association will receive an official communication in regards to this soon.
“It’s final. We are going to shift the National Games out of Goa. They are not yet ready to host such a big-scale event. They were given enough time to get ready and we wanted to host the Games in December. We sent several teams to check on the infrastructure and their feedback hasn’t been positive. Hosting the National Game is one of our top priorities. We have already wasted valuable time and it’s impossible to host the Games this year. It’s unfortunate but this is the reality,” a top IOA official told ToI.
Chattisgarh has shown keen interest in hosting the National Games as it has good facilities on offer. Another option IOA is considering is Jharkhand, which has hosted the games in 2011 and has the adequate infrastructure ready. The IOa is running out of time for organising the games.
“Our first choice is Chhattisgarh. They are a new state and never hosted the event before. We are having discussions with the state authority and hopefully things will finalise soon. In case Chhattisgarh fails to host it, our second choice is Jharkhand. The way things are moving at this point, it looks like Chhattisgarh will get the nod,” the source added.
An important aspect is that the goa government had been allocated a sum of approximately Rs 100 crore by the union government to host the National Games. A major chunk of it was spent on organising on Lusophony Games in 2014.
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