National Games splendours comeback after 7 years

The 36th National Games is all set for a grand opening on 29th September with Gujarat playing host to the multi-sporting extravaganza as it makes a comeback after seven long years

 36 sports events on the roster, the 36th edition of the National Games will be held across six cities of Gujarat — Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar

The previous edition of the National Games took place in 2015 and was held in Kerala where Services bagged the most medals (91 gold), followed by Kerala and Haryana

In 2016, Goa was supposed to host the 36th edition of the National Games in November but couldn't end up staging it. Instead, the National Games got repeatedly postponed with the Goa government dragging their feet over the matter, causing delays in 2018 and 2019 as well

The National Games were then scheduled to be held in 2020 - before things went off-track as the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing all sporting events to come to a halt

Now, with the pandemic slowly behind us, the proposal to host National Games surfaced again and the Goa government revealed that they weren't ready to host the mega-scale sporting event this year, given their lack of multi-sporting infrastructure yet

This turned the tide towards Gujarat becoming the hosts for this year, instead and bringing the National Games back once again