14th November, 2002
SPORTS


32nd NATIONAL GAMES - 2002

P.J. Sudhakar*


Sports is an integral part of the all round development of human personality. Achievements in sports not only influence the concerned individual but also have a great impact on national prestige and morale. Therefore, the Government has formulated a new Sports Policy 2001, keeping in view the contribution of sports to the well-being of the society.

In a pluralistic society like India the sports, especially the National Games, aim at to dig out talent in Indian youth, promote greater understanding among different sections of people besides contributing to national integration. The National Games are organised once in every two years with a view to promote and develop sports and games and also to create international standard sports infrastructure in host States. This year the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Andhra Pradesh government are organising the National Games as one of the biggest sporting events in India. The Andhra Pradesh government is hosting the 32nd National Games at Hyderabad commencing from December 13 - 22, 2002. Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) is working as a catalyst of National Games. The first National Games were held in the year 1924. The 31st National Games were organised at Ludhiana, Punjab, in the year 2001. This is the second time i.e., after 1979 that the mega sports event is being organised at Hyderabad.

To look after the arrangements for the event and to provide necessary infrastructure of international standards, the Hyderabad National Games Organisation Committee (HNGOC) is constituted with the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Dr.C. Rangarajan as the chief Patron and Shri.N. Chandrababu Naidu as its President. The Hyderabad National Games Organisation Committee has recently reviewed the arrangements of the games. A High-level Committee headed by H.J. Dora, President of AP Olympic Association and Chairman of Technical Sub-Committee of National Games has also recently reviewed the various aspects of the Organisation of Games especially regarding the facilities provided at Games village at Gachibowli.

A separate Secretariat for National Games 2002 has been opened at Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad. The Secretariat is having three meeting halls and providing accommodation to the offices of Secretary General of National Games, Special Officer of National Games, Organising Secretary and Advisors to National Games and Managing Director of SAAP.

The AP State Government has recently appointed Shri. P.N.V. Prasad as SAAP Chairman. The AP State Minister for the Sports Shri.P. Ramulu and Managing Director of State Shri.L.V. Subramanyam are working round the clock to look after the arrangements of the National Games. The President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will declare open the games while the Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee will participate as chief guest of the valedictory function.

Events

Four new medal events namely Netball, Triathlon, Sepak Takraw and Beach Volleyball have been introduced for the first time as medal disciplines. The IOA has also decided to introduce Roller Skating as a demonstration event in the ensuing games. In National Games 2002 the competitions will be held in 30 disciplines viz. Athletics, Aquatics, Archery, Basketball, Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Canoeing and Kayaking, Boxing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Handball, Net Ball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Rowing, Sepak Takraw, Triathlon, Taekwondo, Tennis, Table Tennis, Wrestling, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Shooting and Yatching. Twenty three events will be conducted in Cyberabad, Hyderabad and Secunderabad and seven events namely Yatching, Beach Volleyball, Triathlon, Judo, Weightlifting, Netball will be conducted at the port city of Visakhapatnam. About 8000 sports persons from all the States and Union Territories are expected to participate in the National Games along with 2000 technical officials for organising the event. It is expected that atleast 50,000 spectators will turn up daily to witness games.

The total anticipated expenditure on the National Games is approximately Rs.220 crore. Out of this, Rs. 200 crore will be spent on infrastructure. The remaining Rs.20 crore will be spent on conducting the games.

Logo and Mascot

The logo of the 32nd National Games 2002, Hyderabad depicts Pearls, the rich heritage of Hyderabad and athlete torch, the national flame of sports. It is designed to depict the spirit of the game. It portrays mutual understanding and camaraderie besides spelling solidarity and fair play. The Mascot is the Ongole Bull, named aptly ‘Veera’ which means bravery. The mascot defines the character of the game. The characteristics of the bull have been strongly associated with the facets of an achiever – power, strength, passion, confidence and endurance. The mascot and the logo may be depicted in the proposed commemorative postal stamp to be brought out on the eve of National Games 2002. The picture of athletic stadium of Gachibowli which is named after late Shri G.M.C. Balayogi, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha may be depicted on the proposed first day cover.

Facilities

The Indian Olympic Association has all rights, complete control and full jurisdiction over the National Games 2002. A website, www.nationalgames2002.com is already on the Internet by means of which online volunteer registration/enrolment and accreditation of sports persons, officials, volunteers, media and other related personnel can be made. Fax, telephone, telex and computer facilities will also be provided for media personnel at the venue of the games. The strategies for marketing and media publicity have also been finalised. AIR and Doordarshan have taken necessary measures for electronic media coverage of the Games.

Fourteen sub-committees each headed by a State Minister backed by senior bureaucrats for volunteers, reception, hospitality, accreditation, media and publicity, medical and security have already had deliberations. The arrangements for the stringent dope tests have also been provided. The State government has sent the observers to the Punjab games village to study the organisational aspects to conduct the games in a better way. The State government has also commissioned the services of National Cadet Corps, NSS, National Green Corps, Scouts and Guides as volunteers for the games. They will be given exclusive uniform to be designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad. The event require a total number of 18,000 volunteers for its smooth conduct. The government will also utilise the services of physical education teachers and physical directors of local Colleges and Universities. Shri. Sabyasachi Ghosh a Senior IAS officer has been appointed as a Special Officer of the National Games and six advisors have been appointed for the event.

A tie-up with the AP Tourism Development Corporation is being worked out for sight seeing for the participants on off-days. The necessary arrangements have been made to decorate historical places like Charminar, Golconda Fort, etc. The State Director General of Police has made elaborate security arrangements for the VIPs and sportspersons who are participating in the functions and events of National Games.

The officials of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Indian Olympic Association are coordinating with Andhra Pradesh Government in conducting the 32nd National Games 2002. The Government of India is fully committed for the cause of sports and National Games movement in India. (PIB Features)

*Information Officer, PIB, Hyderabad

 
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