The 37th edition of the National Games will be held in Goa from 26 October to 9 November 2023.
Inauguration of 37th edition of the National Games will be done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
About National Games
- The National Games were first held in Lahore, undivided India, in 1924 and were initially known as the Indian Olympic Games. The event continued to be referred to by this name until 1938. The National Games are a multi-sport event that follows the Olympic-style format, and serves as India’s own version of the Olympic Games. Athletes from various states and Union Territories compete in this event to win medals.
37th National Games
- The National Games will be held in Goa for the first time ever. The hosting rights for the 36th edition were awarded to Goa, originally planned for 2016.
- Several prominent Indian athletes such as Neeraj Chopra, Mirabai Chanu, Sania Mirza, Sajan Prakash, and Manu Bhaker are expected to participate in the National Games.
- This year's National Games will feature a record number of 43 sports, including Olympic and indigenous sports.
- More than 7,000 athletes participated in 36 sports during last year's National Games. Kho Kho, Yogasana, and Mallakhamb were introduced as new sports. The upcoming National Games 2023 will include several new sports such as beach football, golf, sepaktakraw, sqay martial arts, roll ball, kalliyarapattu, and pencak silat.
- Yachting and taekwondo are making a comeback after being excluded in the last edition. Traditional sports like lagori and gatka have been included as demonstration sports.
- Competitions for the National Games 2023 will be held at various venues in Goa, with the exception of cycling and golf which will take place in New Delhi. More than 10,000 athletes are expected to participate.
- Mascot: MOGA which represents Indian Biason.
36th edition of the National Games
- The 36th edition of the National Games of India took place in six cities of Gujarat - Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Bhavnagar - from September 29 to October 12, 2022.
- The Services Sports Control Board, representing the Indian Armed Forces, emerged as the champions with a total of 128 medals, including 61 golds.
- Maharashtra secured the second position with 140 medals, including 39 gold medals, followed closely by Haryana with 38 gold medals and an overall tally of 116.