Clouded Leopard Will Be Mascot For National Games 2022 In Meghalaya
Meghalaya’s state animal Clouded Leopard will be the mascot for the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state.
This decision was taken at the first National Games 2022 executive committee meeting chaired by Meghalaya Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh .
Clouded leopard is one of the wild cats that live throughout the forests of Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills.
Meghalaya will be the third northeastern state after Manipur and Assam hosted the National Games in 1999 and 2007, respectively.
It had co-hosted the 2016 South Asian Games with its neighbour Assam.
An estimated 14,450 athletes and officials are expected to visit Meghalaya during the Games.
The clouded leopard is a wild cat occurring from the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia into China. Since 2008, it is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
Did you know: Clouded leopards are able to climb upside down underneath tree branches and hang from branches with their hind feet.
Background & Objectives
The National Games of India is the premiere multi discipline sporting events in the country. The first National Games was held in 1924. It was initially called Indian Olympic Games later known as National Games. Till date, 35 editions of the Games have been held successfully across India. The National Games is scheduled to be held every two years.
The National Games act as a platform for catapulting Indian sportspersons, sports organizations, sports technical officials and sports administrators of India onto a national and global platform. It provides an opportunity to states/UTs to create sports infrastructure of international specifications, attract youth participation in large number of sports and identify talent for building the medals winning national teams for international competitions.
Meghalaya is set to host the 39th Edition of the National Games in 2022 which is also the year when the hill state will celebrate 50 years of statehood. Meghalaya will be the third state in the Northeast to host the Games after Manipur and Assam that hosted it in 1999 and 2007 respectively. The Host City Contract for the 39th National Games 2022 was signed between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) and Meghalaya Government on 3rd January 2018.
The Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Meghalaya proposes to setup a Project Management Office (PMO) to professionally manage the games and support in hosting the most successful National Games ever but also leave a lasting legacy of the games for the state.