National Goa Games on time, says IOA Batra chief

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala gave an unprecedented welcome to Narinder Batra on his first visit as president of Indian Olympic Association When treating as an official guest of the state government, a public reception in the state capital on Sunday morning and at night in Kollam, which hosts the national women's hockey championship.

Batra is also the only Indian member in the powerful International Olympic Committee and president of world hockey, the FIH. According to official sources, the show consisted of taking an international sporting event at any cost.

Batra also had a fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Later Sunday night, according to sources.

Previously, in an interaction with journalists, Batra was happy with the way Goa is preparing for the next National games from October 20 to November 4.

"I was touring Goa for the past couple of days and was impressed and confident that the 36th National games will begin on time. I'm confident and pleased with the way Goa is preparing the infrastructure in place," Batra said.

"I strongly advocate that National games should be organized every two years. Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya are already bidding for the next National games ," he added.

Being the Olympic year, Batra also spoke very well of the men's and women's hockey teams in India. I wouldn't be surprised if our team reached the podium, he said. He also hoped that India's medals would definitely increase in the Tokyo 2020 Games unlike the Rio 2016 Games in which India won only two medals: silver medal when PV Sindhu won in badminton and wrestling bronze. Sakshi Malik .

He reiterated his faith that Indian athletes can bring more badges in badminton, boxing, weightlifting, wrestling, apart from hockey.

He wants national federations to focus on central areas such as fencing, martial sports, swimming, shooting, among other disciplines that offer maximum medals in the Olympic Games.

India will definitely compete for the 2032 Olympic Games, we are organizing an IOC session for 2023 in Mumbai, in addition to the 2023 hockey World Cup. As previously reported, we will compete strongly for the 2023 Youth Olympic Games, Batra said. .