NAMSAI, Sept 05: Arunachal Pradesh has no dearth of talents but more determination, hardwork and discipline are needed, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein today after kicking off first Namsai Champions Trophy, saying “We feel proud of our youths as many of them have won national and global laurels”.
The tournament is organized at Arunachal Pradesh Plywood Industries Ltd (APIL) general ground here by Namsai District Football Association (NDFA)in which 32 teams from Namsai, Changlang & Lohit districts are taking part.
Namsai used to be a forerunner in games & sports activities by producing Indrajit Namchoom, first NE region footballer. One Moklan Namchoom, who hails from Lathao, is currently acting as a coach in a foreign football club in London, he disclosed.
He stressed the need to encourage games & sports among the youths of the district being affected by rampant drug addictions and unfortunately they are falling prey to such unwanted things. He urged the district administration to support games & sports activities.
Mein lauded former Namsai MLAs for earmarking huge land of about 7 acres for football stadium also lauded present MLA Zingnu Namchoom for his efforts for the football stadium with funding from the Centre for which Rs 50 crore has been sought this year though not received as yet.
Replying to a memorandum submitted by NDFA, he assured to look into their demand for office building.
NDFA president Chow Mahajini Chowpoo informed that Namsai district will host state level Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament in coming winter. He urged the player to play sincerely with discipline and said that the players for the district team would be selected on the basis of their performance in the event.
MLA Namchoom, DC Tapasya Raghav and SP S Singpho, among others, were present. (PRO)