SHILLONG, Jan 3 - Meghalaya Government today signed the “host city contract” with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to host the 39th National Games here in 2022.The contract was signed by secretary general of IOA Rajiv Mehta and working president of the Meghalaya Olympics Association John Khrashiing in the presence of Arts and Culture Minister RV Lyngdoh.
Lyngdoh presented a cheque of Rs 4.5 crore as bid money to the IOA. Mehta in his address said that the National Games would give Meghalaya a unique opportunity to showcase the Northeast’s culture and talent to the entire world.
He further informed that it is only the third occasion that the Games are being held in this region. The first National Games in the region was held in Manipur in 1999 and the second was held in Assam in 2007.
Mehta assured the State Government of all possible help in hosting the Games. “If there is any technical assistance required, the IOA would always provide the necessary assistance,” Mehta added. The bid was submitted in June 2016 by the Meghalaya Government and the IOA approved the Games in December, 2016.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Government has said it has already started the groundwork to host the Games. The Games would coincide with Meghalaya’s 50th Statehood celebrations.