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IOA calls Kerala 2015 the best ever Games

Sunday, February 15, 2015

 

The Kerala government and the National Games Organising Committee have received a huge pat on their backs. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has termed Kerala 2015 the best Games ever.

 

"For us (IOA), athletes are of prime importance and not a single athlete or official has even raised one complaint. This can otherwise be termed as a 'Kerala Model' and other States can use this model as this has been the best ever Games held," IOA president N. Ramachandran said in Trivandrum on Saturday.

 

President congratulates State for successful conduct of Games

Sunday, February 15, 2015

 

President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee congratulated the State for the successful conduct of the 35th National Games.

 

“Congratulations to the organisers for the efficient conduct of the Games in which more than 10,000 athletes competed in 33 events,” the President tweeted shortly before the closing ceremony of the Games here on Saturday.

 

Kerala bids farewell, passes baton to Goa

Sunday, February 15, 2015

 

Kerala bid farewell to the participants of the 35th National Games at the Greenfield stadium, Kariyavattom on Saturday evening with a memorable closing ceremony that was a brilliant cultural show conceived around the theme of national integration.

 

The ceremony, which lasted just over three hours, did not draw a full house as on the opening day, yet was remarkable for throwing up a dance spectacle based on India’s eternal rivers.

 

Sajan Prakash, other multiple gold winners made the Games special

Saturday, February 14, 2015

 

Kerala’s aquatics hero Sajan Prakash headed a list of 36 athletes, including 21 men and 15 women, who won three or more gold medals at these Games.

 

Kerala’s best ever show overall

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Despite a second-place finish behind Services in gold medal count overall, Kerala finished with its best-ever performance at a National Games as competitions of the 35th edition of the event concluded on Friday.
 

The home team, second to Services in the final medals tally, had a haul of 54 gold, 48 silver, and 60 bronze medals, compared to Services’ 91-33-35, as it improved on its previous best tally of 52 gold, 34 silver, 22 bronze when it finished second to Manipur in Imphal in 1999.
 

Services SCB wins Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Services Sports Control Board emerged overall champion and winner of the Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy for the third consecutive time as the competitions of the 35th National Games concluded on Friday.
 

TN wins volleyball, Uttarkhand tops in basketball, Services in handball

Saturday, February 14, 2015

 

Tamil Nadu men thrashed Kerala in the men’s volleyball final at the V.K. Krishna Menon Indoor stadium in Kozhikode. Kerala men, who escaped from jail in the semi final against Services, was devastated by the attack of Tamil Nadu led by Ukkarapandian. Tamil Nadu men won the last three sets after losing the first set to Kerala for 24-26, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-12.

 

Kerala women clinched gold beating Karnataka 25-19, 23-25, 26-24 & 25-12. This is the third consecutive gold for Kerala women's volleyball team in the National Games.

 

Kerala finishes with 13 Athletics gold

Saturday, February 14, 2015

 

A total of 34 medals was the home team’s final count from track and field, out of which 13 were gold. This was well ahead of Services’ 20 inclusive of 9 gold, and Haryana’s 14 with 4 gold.

 

The final day at the University stadium in Trivandrum on Friday was another fruitful day for Kerala as Olympian Tintu Luka, the favourite in the women’s 800m, did not let down the packed house as she led from the front and took the gold medal in 2:01.86 bettering the old meet mark of 2:03.08 set by K.C. Rosakutty in 1997.

 

State Governor to be chief guest at closing ceremony

Friday, February 13, 2015

 

Governor P. Sathasivam will be the chief guest at the Closing ceremony at the Kariavattom Greenfield Stadium on Saturday.

 

Public entry will be purely on first-come first served basis for the valedictory function, which will start at 6 in the evening and go on for just over three hours. About 25,000 seats are kept aside for the public. Admission to the stadium begins at 4 pm and will be free.

 

Hosts finish strongly, add 17 gold medals on final day

Friday, February 13, 2015

 

Hosts Kerala added 17 gold medals on Friday and cemented their second position in the medals tally with 54 gold medals.

 

The women's basketball team brought the State its 54th gold medal as they beat Tamil Nadu 56-36 in the title match at Kannur.

 

Athletics brought in 4 gold medals.

 

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