Meghalaya will host the 2022 National Games, which will coincide with the state’s 50 years of statehood. The state had pledged 5 crore rupees as the bid amount for the game.
With this, Meghalaya will become the third north-eastern state after Manipur and Assam to host the National Games.
The news was announced on 27 December 2016 in the meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) meeting held in Chennai. The IOA accepted Meghalaya's bid to host the National Games overshadowing four other bidders, which were Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgargh and Uttarakhand.
The IOA accepted Meghalaya's bid to host the 2022 National Games following the successful South Asian Games, which was co-hosted by Shillong and Guwahati earlier in 2016.
The next Nation Games will be hosted by Goa in November 2017.
About National Games
- The National Games comprises various sports disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other.
- The country's first few Olympic Games, later christened as National Games, were held in Delhi, Lahore, Allahabad, Patiala, Madras, Calcutta and Bombay.
- In 1924, a provisional Indian Olympic Association came and the Indian Olympic Games were held in February 1924 in Delhi. The motive behind these games was to select Indian competitors for the 1924 Antwerp Olympics.
- Thereafter, the games were held every two years.
- These games were later christened as National Games during the 9th Games in Bombay in 1940.
- The 2015 National Games were held from 31 January 2015 to 14 February 2015 in Kerala. It was the second time that Kerala hosted the National Games. It first hosted the games in 1987. Sachin Tendulkar was the goodwill ambassador for the games.