RUBIGULA: 2020 NATIONAL GAMES MASCOT

RUBIGULA: 2020 NATIONAL GAMES MASCOT

Context: Owing to its status as the State Bird of Goa, the flame-throated bulbul, also called the Rubigula, was chosen as the mascot of the 36th National Games to be held in Goa.

RUBIGULA: 2020 NATIONAL GAMES MASCOT

ABOUT RUBIGULA The flame-throated bulbul is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds (Sometimes known as perching birds or – less accurately – as songbirds, passerines are distinguished from other orders of birds by the arrangement of their toes (three pointing forward and one back), which facilitates perching).  It is found only in the forests of the Western Ghats in southern India.  Scientific Name: Pycnonotus gularis. IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern ABOUT NATIONAL GAMES The National Games comprises various disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other. The country’s first few Olympic Games, now renamed as National Games, were held in North India (Delhi, Lahore, Allahabad, Patiala), MadrasCalcutta, and Bombay. Motto: Get Set Play The 36th National Games of India will be held between 20 October and 4 November 2020 in Goa, India. The 36th edition will host 37 sporting disciplines. The 2015 National Games of India, also known as the 35th National Games of India, was held from 31 January 2015 to 14 February 2015 across seven districts of Kerala, India. It was the second time that Kerala hosted the national games, the first being when it hosted the 27th National Games in 1987. Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was selected as the goodwill ambassador for the games. Ammu, the Great Hornbill (the state bird of Kerala) was chosen as the mascot in 35th National Games of India.

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