Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday launched the mascot and the anthem for the 36th National Games at Trans Stadia in Ahmedabad.
The mascot is named as Savaj which means cub in Gujarati. The theme of the anthem is Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
The National Games will be organised between September 29 to October 12 at six cities in the state namely Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar .
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Addressing the gathering, the minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left no stone unturned to promote sports in the country. He said the budget allocated for sports in the year 2014 was 866 crore which was increased to 2 thousand crore in 2022.
The minister said be it Olympic or common wealth games, number of India’s medal is increasing.
The minister further added that Gujarat has achieved development in all sectors including sports. He said that world class facilities are available in Gujarat for every sports today.
The event also witnessed the closing of 11th Khel Mahakumbh. Winners of Khel Mahakumbh were given away prizes at the hands of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Four Parathletics from Gujarat were also felicitated with Khel Pratibha awards on the occasion.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur as well as eminent dignitaries were present at the curtain raiser event.