The 35th National Games to be hosted by Kerala will be held from January 31 to February 14 next year.

Making the formal announcement in this regard at a function arranged at the Members’ Lounge of the Kerala Legislative Assembly complex here on Thursday, the Indian Olympic Association president, N. Ramachandran expressed hope that the 15-day event, to be attended by a total of 11,641 participants, including 7,744 athletes and to be held across seven districts across the State, would provide a great impetus for Indian sport in the years to come.

Inaugurating the countdown clock to 218 days, the Union Minister of Sports, Sarbanand Sonowal, hailed the contribution of Kerala athletes both at the National and international level over the years and expressed the hope that Kerala would put in place a proper legacy plan for the optimal utilisation of the state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities being created for the Games.

The Minister further said the IOA and the States which bid for the National Games should ensure that the event is held biennially and as per schedule in the future.

The IOA secretary general, Rajeev Mehta, unveiled the various manifestations of the Games mascot, ‘Ammu’, at the meeting. The 15-day event will see competitions for a total of 365 gold medals, an equal number of silver medals and 477 bronze medals.

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