IOA agrees 'in principle' to hold 2022 National Games in Bengal, confirms IOA president Narinder Batra

  • IOA agreed on principle to host the 2022 National Games in Bengal, which has hosted the event twice in the past

  • IOA chief Narinder Batra strongly advocated that the National Games should be held every two years

  • The 36th National Games, which was postponed several times, is finally slated for 20 October 4 November in Goa.

Kolkata: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday agreed in principle to hold the 2022 National Games in Bengal, which has played host to the multi-sport event twice in the past.

"Definitely, in principle we have agreed for 2022. But it's an ongoing process. We will take forward accordingly. Hundred percent we are willing to come to Bengal. Let's be positive," IOA president Narinder Batra said.

 IOA agrees in principle to hold 2022 National Games in Bengal, confirms IOA president Narinder Batra

File image of IOA president Narinder Batra. Getty images

The 36th National Games, which was postponed several times, is finally slated for 20 October 4 November in Goa.

Batra strongly advocated that the National Games should be held every two years and said Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya have already bid for the next editions after Goa.

But the lone Indian member in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Batra, said he is "sacrosanct" on holding the 2022 edition in Bengal.

"I'm being sacrosanct on 2022 and I'll be sending you letters on that. Bengal had hosted the National Games way back in 1938 and 1964. It's high time that National Games come to Bengal again," he said during a felicitation ceremony by the Bengal Olympic Association at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

The International hockey federation (FIH) president earlier met the Bengal Hockey Association officials and took note that there's no artificial turf.

"We will soon have two astro-turfs for hockey. The cycling track is also not there in Kolkata. We will look in to that but the National Games is usually spread across many centres," he said.

"We have also discussed in getting more International events here. Bengal are one of the pro-active states and it would be really nice if many International events come here.

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Updated Date: Feb 05, 2020 18:43:06 IST


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