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National Games Postponed Indefinitely Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

New Delhi: The much-delayed 36th Nationwide Video games, scheduled for October-November in Goa, was on Thursday postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) just lately requested the Goa authorities to host the Nationwide Video games as scheduled from October 20 to November four this 12 months.

Nevertheless, a spurt within the variety of novel coronavirus circumstances 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 additionally holds the sports activities portfolio, was quoted as saying in an announcement 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,” Ajgaonkar’s assertion added.

The earlier version of the Video games was held again in 2015 in Kerala.

The upcoming Video games, dealing with uncertainty for lengthy, was initially scheduled for November 2018 however was postponed to April 2019. Nevertheless, because of the common election, the federal government of Goa ordered one other cancellation.

With the Video games infrastructure nearing completion, the postponement is ready to usher in huge losses to the state authorities.

Final month, it had sought clarification from the Indian Olympic Affiliation over the destiny of the Video games within the wake of the pandemic.

The coronavirus outbreak has introduced all sporting actions to a grinding halt worldwide.

In India, main occasions just like the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been postponed indefinitely and a few tournaments cancelled.

There was hope for the Video games to go forward as scheduled because the state was marked within the inexperienced zone for fairly some time.

However a sudden spurt has proved to be decisive.

Goa has to date reported 68 confirmed circumstances for the novel coronavirus.

There have been considerations about athletes coming right here from different states, together with those badly affected by the pandemic.

Batra had earlier expressed optimism that the Nationwide Video games will go forward as per the schedule and can present an ideal preparatory platform for the Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian athletes.

IOA joint secretary Namdev Shirgaonkar, who can be the vice chairman of Maharashtra Olympic Affiliation, too had felt the Video games ought to occur this 12 months.

(PTI)

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