The National Games will return to Kerala for the second time after a gap of 28 years and will run January 31-February 14, 2015, it was announced in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, June 26.

The 35th edition of the National Games would be held in seven districts of the state, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N. Ramachandran said in the members lounge of the Kerala assembly in Thiruvananthapuram.

The games would be held in 36 disciplines and would be participated by 10,000 athletes and officials.

Present on the occasion was Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal, Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, senior BJP leader O. Rajagopal and numerous senior party leaders cutting across political lines.

“We are thankful to the Centre for extending all the support and we are excited in hosting what would be one of the biggest sporting events,” said Chandy.

35th National Games in Kerala from Jan 31, 2015, announces Chief Minister Oommen Chandy: Watch official video!