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Bijender Goel, founder of the Modern Pythian Games, constituted the executive board of National and 14 State Councils

"Beginning of the first global cultural movement from India," said Bijender Goel,

NEW DELHI, May 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Bijender Goel, the founder of the Modern Pythian Games, constituted a nationwide organisational structure for the growth of the Modern Pythian Games in India and announced the National Executive Board by appointing Mr. B.H. Anilkumar and Mr. Rajesh Jogpal, both IAS officers, as President and Secretary General of the Pythian Council of India today. This development comes just before the highly anticipated 1st Annual General Meeting of the Pythian Council of India in New Delhi on May 27, 2023. The Pythian Council of India is going to decide the calendar of events at this meeting.

Mr. Goel has appointed key individuals to positions within the National Council and state councils, comprising a diverse group of bureaucrats, artists, and industrialists, with the objective of creating a nationwide organisational structure to promote traditional games and artistic activities through the Modern Pythian Games.

Mr. S. Siva Kumar has been appointed as Treasurer of the National Council, and several Vice Presidents have been appointed, namely Avinash P. Gandhi; Dr. Hari Om, IAS; Mr. Quaiser Khalid, IPS; Mr. Neeraj Kharwal, IAS; and Mr. Mukesh Kumar Singh, IAS.

Mr. Jatin Lal, IAS, Ms. Sneha Venkatramani, Mr. T.P. Singh, Mr. Jaywant Naidu, Mr. Daya Chand Bhola, Ms. Radhika Khetarpal, Mr. Israel G. Xuivi, Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, Mr. Ravi Dahiya, Dr. Piyush Diwedi, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Mr. Arshad Aziz, Mr. Ram Deyal, and Mr. Om Prakash are nominated as new additional Secretary Generals and Deputy Secretary Generals of the National Councils, respectively.

Mr. Goel has also announced the appointment of Mr. Aushim Khetrapal as Vice President of the International Pythian Council and Chairman of the Global Strategic Planning, Communications, and Marketing Committee. Mr. Khetrapal, a well-known figure in India with vast experience in organising international events and promoting sports, will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Pythian Games.

"It is the beginning of the first global cultural movement from India, and it is an honour for me to announce the historic formation of the Pythian Council of India. This marks a significant step forward in 2023 after introducing the concept of the Modern Pythian Games to the world at the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece and subsequently establishing the International Pythian Council and reviving the Modern Pythian Games in 2022. The National Pythian Councils of 18 countries are in the process of legal establishment," expressed Mr. Goel.

He also added that "our primary focus is to identify specific activities in the fields of arts, cultures, and diverse sports for the Pythian Games, which will serve as a source of inspiration for people worldwide. The inclusion of traditional Indian games in the list of Pythian games will capture global attention and promote the widespread popularity of these games."

Highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the Pythian Games, Mr. Goel emphasised that India holds global trademark rights. The Pythian Games align with the United Nations' agenda to promote traditional cultural games and cultures. The Pythian and Olympic Games originated in Greek history and were part of the four Pan-Hellenic Games. These games existed in the same era, from 582 BC to 394 AD. The Pythian Games represent a fusion of traditional games and artistic activities, similar to what the Olympics are to sports.

India boasts a rich history encompassing various arts, cultures, traditional games, and martial arts, all of which are integral to the cultural heritage. The Pythian Council of India aims not only to focus on fields such as music, dance, poetry, painting, writing, theatre, culinary arts, and digital arts but also to highlight games that are still played in villages and talukas across the country. Notable examples of traditional Indian games include Circle Kabaddi, Mallar Kambh, Modern Polo, Spear Throw, Yubi Lakpi, Chaturanga, Jalli Kattu, Sagol Kangjei, Kite Flying, Tug of War, Carrom, Tenni Koit, Ball Badminton, Long Jump Traditional, Traditional Archery, Bull Race, Cycle Marathon, and Val-lam Kali. Additionally, India is home to various martial arts such as Kalaripayattu, Thang-ta, Gatka, Silambam, Mallayuddha, Kushti, Varma Kalai, Thoda, and Marma Adi.

The formation of the Executive Board of the Pythian Council of India, a special committee of Delphic India Trust, comprises the following names:

PYTHIAN COUNCIL Of INDIA

National Executive Board

S.No.

NAME

Designation




1

Mr. B. H. ANIL Kumar, IAS (Retd)

President

2

Mr. Avinash P. Gandhi

Vice President

3

Dr. Hari OM, IAS

Vice President

4

Dr. Quaiser Khalid, IPS

Vice President

5

Dr. Neeraj Kharwal, IAS

Vice President

6

Mr. Mukesh Kumar, IAS

Vice President

7

Mr. Rajesh Jogpal, IAS

Secretary General

8

Mr. Jatin Lal, IAS

Additional Secretary General (Organisation)

9

Ms Sneha Venkatramani

Additional Secretary General (Arts)

10.

Mr. T.P. Singh

Additional Secretary General (admin)

11

Mr. Daya Chand Bhola

Dy Secretary General- Sports

12

Mr. Jaywant Naidu

Dy Secretary General- Music Arts

13

Ms. Radhika Khetarpal

Dy Secretary General- Media & Communication

14

Dr. Ashwani Kumar

Dy Secretary General- Education

15

Mr Ravi Dahiya

Dy Secretary General- HQ

16

Mr Manoj Kumar

Dy. Secretary General- Tribal Arts

17

Mr. S. SIVA Kumar

Treasurer

18

Mr. Rajiv Gupta IAS

Member

19

Dr. Rafi Masoodi

Member

20

Mr. M Rajsekhar, PCS

Member

21

Mr. Ram Deyal

Member

22

Mr. Piyush Dwivedi

Member

23

Mr. Laxman Nasarpuri

Member

24

Ms. Archana Tyagi

Adviser – Media & Communication

23

Mr. Isreal Xuivi, NPS

Adviser - Martial Arts

24

Mrs Malathi Rajavelu

Adviser - South

25

Mr. Om Prakash

Adviser- North East

26

Capt. K S Chauhan

Adviser-West

27

Mr. Rafi Masoodi

Adviser - North

28

Dr. USHA R.K.

Adviser to President- INDIA

STATE PRESIDENTS & SECRETARY GENERALS


STATE

President

Secretary General





1.

Puducherry

Mrs Malathi Rajavelu

Mr. M. Rajsekar

2

Punjab

Mr Rajiv Gupta, IAS

Mr. Abhinav Gupta

3

Himachal Pradesh

Mr Jatin Lal, IAS

Mr. Eshan Akhtar

4

Haryana

Mr. Rajesh Jogpal, IAS

Dr Arun Prasad

5

Uttarakhand

Dr. Neraj Kharwal, IAS

Mr. Shiv Pratap SIngh

6

Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Hari Om, IAS

Daya chand Bhola

7

Jharkhand

Mr. Mukesh Kumar IAS

Mr Manoj kumar

8

Nagaland

Mr. Isreal Xuivi, IPS

Mr. Otoka H Yeptho

9

Telangana

Mr. Shailendra Joshi IAS

Jaywant Naidu

10

Karnataka

Mr B.H AnilKumar, IAS

Ms. Sneha Venkatramani

11

Maharshtra

Mr. Quaiser Khalid, IPS

Mr. Laxman Nasarpuri

12

Tamil Nadu

Mr Vijay Raj

Mr. S. Siva Kumar

13

Gujarat

Mr. Anil Pratham, IPS

Capt K S Chauhan

14

Kerala

Dr. Rishi Raj Singh, IPS

Mr. Ram Deyal





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