Kerala gears up for 35th National Games Last Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:44

Thiruvananthapuram: All is in place as Kerala waits with bated breath for the start of 35th National Games 2015 Saturday. Over the next two weeks, new records would be created and new champions crowned.

Full credit has to be given to the organisers for hosting this mega event - and that too in a very short span of time.

However, there have also been some unnerving moments, especially when a section of the media, till it was placated, found fault in everything the organisers did.

If there's one person who stood as a rock behind the organisers, it was Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who said raising mere allegations will only spoil the morale of the organisers.

"I have always pointed out that, we are prepared to look into issues, if they are written and given. The organisers have done a great job," said Chandy.

The first event of the 35th National Games will be the opening ceremony to be held, Saturday evening at the Green Field Stadium with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the chief guest.

The newly-built stadium in the outskirts of the capital city will seat more than 40,000 spectators.

The competitions begin Sunday and this is the first time that the Games are being held in more than one district.

The event is going to be held at seven districts of the state in 30 venues and will end Feb 14, with the closing ceremony to be held in the same venue as the opening ceremony.

"This by far is the biggest sporting event when close to 10,000 athletes including officials will take part, besides with around 2,500 media people taking part," said an official of the Games. 

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