Much-delayed National Games postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic

The 36th edition of the National Games, which was scheduled to be held in October-November in Goa, has been postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19 pandemic.

IOA president Narinder Batra (PTI Photo)


  • The National Games were scheduled to be held in October-November in Goa
  • IOA President Narinder Batra made the announcement on Thursday
  • The previous edition of the National Games was held in 2011

The much-delayed 36th National Games, scheduled for October-November in Goa, was on Thursday postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) recently asked the Goa government that it must host the National Games as scheduled from October 20 to November 4 this year.

However, a spurt in the number of novel coronavirus cases has led to a postponement.

“The National Games organising committee has decided to postpone National Games due to COVID-19 pandemic,” Goa’s deputy chief minister Manohar (Babu) Ajgaonkar, who also holds the sports portfolio, said in a statement shared by IOA President Narinder Batra.

“… Committee to hold meeting in September end and decide on fixing dates for National Games. (Goa) Government to take advice from Union Sports Ministry, need four months advance notice to organise games,” he added.

The previous edition of the Games was held back in 2011 in Jharkhand. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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