The 34th National Games begin in Ranchi today. More than 8,000 athletes, including a host of Commonwealth and Asian Games medalists, will be vying for top honours in the 16-day event which will conclude on the 27th of this month. Dhanbad and Jamshedpur are the two other centers which will host the multi-discipline competition. 

Jharkhand Governor M O H Farook will declare the National Games open. It will be followed by an opening ceremony that will showcase the cultural and sporting heritage of the state at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium. 

The opening ceremony will also have Bollywood flavour with performances by Ameesha Patel and Vivek Oberoi. The three-hour show will begin at 5 pm with a tribute to Jharkhand's warrior Birsa Munda followed by performance by the folk artists and a laser show on the eminent sportspersons from the state.