Meghalaya will host the next North East Olympic Games from October 30 to November 6, 2022 in Shillong.
The region’s first Olympics were held in Manipur in October 2018, but the pandemic has thwarted the second edition to be held in Arunachal Pradesh and therefore this year’s North East Olympics 2.0 in Shillong strive to close the long gap for budding sportsmen. of the region to improve.
Shortly after chairing a high-level meeting between the North East Organizing Committee, the Sports and Youth Affairs Directorate and the North East Olympic Association (NEOA), the Minister of Sports and Youth Banteidor Lyngdoh said the sports selected were decided based on the availability of infrastructure and on the advice of the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA).
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“We in the government have been properly preparing for the North East Olympics for about a year now…this edition will be special as the state is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of its statehood,” stressed the minister, while adding: “We are happy to have the support of all stakeholders to ensure that the games will be a success.
While the first games saw 2,000 athletes compete in 12 disciplines, this year around 4,000 athletes from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and of Tripura will compete in eighteen Olympic sports disciplines over the 8 day event at 13 venues spread across this picturesque pine town.
Participants will compete in the following disciplines namely archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, judo, karate, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, wushu, cycling (mountain biking), golf, weightlifting and wrestling.