Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah will officially unveil the leading mascot for the 36th National Games at EKA Arena TransStadia based in Ahmedabad on September 4, 2022 in the presence of eminent personalities and dignitaries hailing from the world of politics and sports. The 36th National Games will be held from September 27 till October 10.
Union Minister Amit Shah along with Gujarat’s CM Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur will attend the event at TransStadia, established by entrepreneur Udit Sheth after being introduced to British footballer and stadium consultant Paul Fletcher.
The curtain-raiser will witness the launch of mascot, the anthem, custom-curated website and mobile application.
“We are delighted and proud to host the National Games. We are eagerly waiting for India’s top athletes and officials and are leaving no stone unturned to make this the best Games ever,” Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel heralded.
The 36th National Games with the theme ‘Celebrating Unity Through Sports’, are being held after a gap of seven years. According to the sources, nearly six cities in the state- Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar will play the host. New Delhi will additionally host the track cycling event. Around 7,000 athletes across 36 disciplines from 28 Indian states and eight UTs are expected to hit the ground.
The traditional Indian sports- Mallakhamba and Yogasana will make their debut in the National Games this year. The Games were last hosted by the southern Kerala state in the year 2015. Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) with Government of Gujarat for a joint conduct of the 36th edition of National Games.
A logo for the 36th National Games has already been launched by the state Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel depicting Gujarat’s two enduring symbols – the Statue of Unity and the Gir Asiatic Lion.