Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee are expected to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the much-awaited 35th edition of the National Games, to be held in different venues across Kerala early next year.
The state is hosting the sports carnival, one of the most significant domestic sports events of the country, after a 27 year gap. The fortnightly event is scheduled to be held in various districts of the state from January 31 to February 14.
The National Games Secretariat spokesperson here said the Prime Minister is expected to be the chief guest of the opening ceremony on Jan 31, while Pranab Mukherjee is likely to attend the closing ceremony on February 14.
Both the ceremonies will be held at the new greenfield stadium of international standards, which is under construction nearby Karyavattom.
The state government has already extended an official invitation to both Mukherjee and Modi and both of them had expressed their desire to be part of the event.
Both the state government and the games secretariat are waiting for official confirmation from PMO and President's office in this regard.