All sports personalities in Kerala should strive to make the 35th National Games in Kerala in 2010, a memorable event, sports minister M Vijayakumar said on Sunday.
Speaking at a function got up in Kochi to form the Organising Committee for the Games, he said it was a great honour for Kerala to be allotted the Games in September 2008, but the state had little time for preparatory work.
Exhorting all concerned to make Games the best ever conducted in the country, he said steps should be taken to convert Kerala into a ‘model state´ for national and international sports after the games.
The minister said existing stadiums would be modernised for the games in the state, which at present did not have a stadium of international standards.
The games had been allotted to Kerala after a 23-year gap he said, adding the main events would be held mainly in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode and others at centres like Alappuzha, Kannur, Thrissur and Kollam.
He requested Olympic Association of India (Kerala chapter) President M M Abdul Rahman to bid for the Asian Games and even Commonwealth games.
T P Dasan, President, Kerala Sports Council, said 32 events will be played in this edition of the games, of which nine would be held in kochi.
A large number of sports personalities, including Olympians, attended the meeting.