*Arunachal on Mission Olympic mode: Karbak
By A O News Service
NAHARLAGUN, June 23: Arunachal Pradesh sports persons without coaches, required infrastructures and healthy foods, unlike other states, have won numerous global, national and regional sports medals to carve a niche for the state at national level, Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang today said.
Addressing sports persons, office bearers of sports bodies from all over the state and sports officials during International Olympic Day celebration organized at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here by Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA), Libang said that the above success reflected the hidden sports talents of the state.
Congratulating medal winners of all categories for their spectacular show, he lauded AOA for brining such large number of sportsperson under single umbrella to give a new fillip to state’s sports sector.
Assuring his whole-hearted support to sports related matters in either Cabinet or in the assembly; he said that the present Govt led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu realizing the potential of the sector has taken many bold steps to promote sports being career-oriented in present era. However, this calls for persistent hard works and support of all sections of the society for the state to facilitate NE region to represent India in sports for times to come, he reasoned.
He announced to move the GoAP to set up a sports school and a multi-purpose stadium in each district to provide the much desired infrastructures to hone up the budding talents to the thunderous applause of the gathering.
Games and sports were not organized in the past by the new sports policy formed by the GoAP would give a new thrust to the career assuring sector, Sports & Youth Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak said.
The fully equipped S&YA department has not only done lot of exercises to appoint coaches through SSA, he said responding to earlier plea of AOA secretary general Abraham K Techi, but has adopted Mission Olympic to facilitate all sports associations of the state to represent India in Olympic games.
Pointing out that the state boasts of sports talents, Techi urged the GoAP to appoint 100 coaches of different disciplines and multi-purpose stadiums to avoid humiliating celebration of such events in cultural halls or raised pandals and construct an Olympic Bhawan on the line of Manipur expeditiously for quality development of sports sector.
The celebration is for second year but steps would be taken for district level celebration in future, he added.
Terming Arunachal a treasure house of sports persons, Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) chairman Bamang Tago said that rising of sports associations from nine to 17 proved speedy growth of the sector. However, he advocated their concerted efforts in tune with the GoAP’s new focus by utilizing the limited resources fruitfully by redesigning the route for achieving success at all levels.
AOA president Padi Richo and vice president G Doke highlighting history of International Olympic Day said that Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of modern Olympic Games on this day in 1894 at Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
It is celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – take part in sports activities, like runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars.
The Day is nowadays developing into much more than just a sports event. Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration, he said and advocated concerted efforts of all stakeholders to ensure success.
Karatekas including from Namsai, coordinated by AOA vice president Bulang Marik left the gathering spell bound through their demonstration of karate, taekwondo, kick boxing and judo despite sporadic rains.
The gathering including former minister Bida Taku, S&YA secretary Dani Salu, SAA vice chairman Doni Nirch, directors D K Dinglow (S&YA), Tadar Appa (sports) & Gumniya Karbak (Khelo India) sounded hurrah when those contributed for the growth of games and sports in the state including the coaches were awarded on the occasion. The awardees included state’s first Mount Everest Conquerer Tapi Mara, journalists Pradeep Kumar and B Doley.
Over the last 20 years Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. From 45 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the first edition in 1987, the numbers have grown to nearly 200 participating NOCs.