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  • 01 October, 2022

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36th National Game

36th National Game

The Prime Minister recently opened the 36th National Games in Gujarat.

About National Games

  • The National Games are a part of the Olympic movement, which captured the nation's attention in the 1920s. To advance Olympic sports in the country, the National Games in India were originally intended to be the Indian Olympic Games.
  • The first Indian Olympic Games, held in Lahore in 1924 in United Punjab.
  • Beginning in 1940, the Indian Olympic Games were referred to as the National Games. Athletes from several Indian states compete against one another in a range of sports disciplines in this competition.


  • They are held for Indian athletes, sporting organisations, etc. as their objectives.
  • They aid in educating states and UTs about the importance of creating top-notch sports infrastructure around the world.
  • It makes an effort to engage a large number of young people in sports activities.
  • It seeks to instil a sports culture in people from all walks of life and to inform them of the importance of sports in fostering a wholesome society.
  • Jurisdiction: The Indian Olympic Association is solely responsible for determining the National Games' duration and rules.

What were the 36th National Games' main highlights?

  • Event: The National Games, which are being hosted after seven years, will feature 36 disciplines in which the greatest athletes from India will participate.
  • Mascot: "SAVAJ," the official mascot for the 36th National Games, represents the personality attributes of a sportsman who excels: self-assurance, vigour, a strong sense of motivation, an innate will to succeed, a strong sense of focus, a natural leader, and a goal-setter.
  • Savaj is a portrayal of the Asiatic Lion, which is currently extinct everywhere but the wilds of India.

Read Also: National Sports Day 2022

Source: The Indian Express

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