36th National Games Goa postponed indefinitely

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NEW DELHI: The 36th National Games, already delayed multiple times and scheduled for October-November in Goa, was on Thursday postponed indefinitely with a valid reason cited this time round: the COVID-19 pandemic.

"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 also holds the sports portfolio, said in a statement 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," he added.

The previous edition of the Games was held back in 2015 in Kerala. 

The Goa government was scheduled to host the National Games from October 20 to November 4.