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 residing throughout the forests of Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Lyngdoh shared that a competition will be conducted by the Information and Public Relations department along with the Education Department, which will be open to all, to finalize the logo and theme of the National Games.
‘The members agreed that the clouded leopard will be the mascot. A competition to design a smiling clouded leopard will be open to all.’ Lyngdoh also informed the members that the main stadium will be funded by the Ministry of Social Justice. The stadium will be constructed over approximately 50 acres in Mawdiangdiang.
Meghalaya will be the third Northeastern state after Manipur (1999) and Assam (2007) to host the National Games. The State 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.