The President said the National Games is held every four years to provide a forum for states to compete with each other and enable our sportspersons demonstrate the excellence they can achieve. Sports and games are important for every community and society. They promote national integration and inculcate, national pride, foster friendship, amity and a spirit of sportsmanship.
The President congratulated Kerala for hosting the National Games for the second time after 1987 and said the State has built elaborate as well as state of the art infrastructure across the State. He also congratulated the Organizers for the efficient conduct of the Games, in which more than 10,000 athletes have competed in 33 events at 32 venues to win a total of 1363 medals, including 412 each of Gold and Silver.