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Mascot launched for 37th edition of Indian National Games

About the news:

  • Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launched ‘Moga’ at a launch ceremony held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Taleigao,Goa.
  • 37th edition of the national games of India will be held in various locations in the state of Goa.
  • It will feature competitions in a total of 43 disciplines.
  • It will also feature ‘Gatka’, a traditional martial art form associated with Punjab.

About the National games:

  • National Games in India are organised by the Indian Olympic Association.
  • The Indian sports ministry, has affirmed that the National Games will be held every two years, except in years where the Olympics and Asian Games are held.
  • PT Usha is the president of Indian Olympic Association which is headquartered in New Delhi.

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Significance of Mascots:

Mascots serve as the face of their respective games representing the game’s characters and themes. It creates an emotional connection with players & envoke a sense of loyalty of player to the game.

About the previous edition Indian National Games:

  • Maharashtra was the winner of 36th National Games which was held in Goa.
  • ‘Savaj’ which represents an Asiatic lion was the mascot for the 36th National Games.

About Goa:

  • Sports Minister of Goa is Govind Gaude.
  • Indian Bison named ‘Gaur’ is the state animal of Goa.

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