Panaji: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday formally awarded to Goa the rights to host the 36th National Games, the coastal state’s Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said. Also Read - Want to Experience Sustainable Travel? Head to These 4 Destinations in India to Explore Just That

Ajgaonkar said that IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday, had formally conferred the rights to the state to host the sporting event in November this year. Also Read - Poonam Pandey Accuses Husband Sam Bombay of Molesting, Assaulting, Threatening Her, Latter Arrested

“We will now take a giant step forward in accelerated speed to complete the infrastructure and other facilities to ensure that these Games in 2018 become historic and the best among all the games held so far. There is no looking back now,” Ajgaonkar said in a statement. Also Read - Karan Johar Clicked After Months of Facing Backlash Following Sushant Singh Rajput's Death

“Various components with regards to protocol and ceremonies, accommodation games village, hospitality and co-ordination, transportation and other segments are mandated to the National Games’ host city,” the statement added.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.