National Games ends, Kerala finished 2nd

Published on: 16 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Sports News

The 35th National Games end with a colourful closing ceremony, here in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

Swimming sensations Sajan Prakash and Akanksha Vora were declared the best athletes for the 35 the National Games.Prakash was adjudged the best male athlete of the Games for winning an astonishing six gold and three silver medals with four new meet records.Akanksha, who was not present at today’s ceremony, was declared the best female athlete for her feat of five gold medals and a silver.

Kerala was declared the best among all the states for an unprecedented 162 medals, which included 54 gold. The Services Sports Control Board was presented the overall trophy for a third year running.

The chief guest of the evening was Kerala Governer Justice (retd) P Sathasivam, who declared the Games closed. Among the other dignitaries present were Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor and IOA President N Ramachandran.

A message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also read out by Sonowal in which the athletes were congratulated for putting up a fine show. The Games flame was put out after the ceremonial speeches, followed by a round of fireworks.

The president congratulated Kerala for hosting the event for the second time after 1987, saying that it has got state of the art infrastructure for sports events.

Over 10,000 athletes competed in 33 events to win a total of 1,363 medals, including 412 gold and silver each. The Games flag was then handed over to the delegation of Goa, the hosts of the next National Games.


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