Bhutia urges GoAP to tap young sports talents

By Our Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, May 16: Stressing on helping state’s young talents interested in sports, former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday exhorted the next state Govt to give priority to grooming sportsperson.

“Arunachal Pradesh has lot of talents with potentials to represent the country, but it is unfortunate that they are not provided with proper facilities and training,” Bhutia said while interacting with media persons during opening of sports station, near AP Civil Secretariat here.

Appreciating the talents representing the country from Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim, Bhutia expressed confidence that Arunachal can also produce many such sports personalities if proper guidance and facilities are provided to them.

“There is no denial that the state has many talents, that is why it is important to groom and nurture them as professional,” Bhutia said.

“Apart from this, sport teaches many valuable lessons for everyone like how to react on winning and losing and it instills competitive spirit and respect,” he said, adding that it can also give directions to youths to relish what is right and what is wrong.

“Sport is also something that can liberate us from sickness by making us fit and healthy,” he reasoned.

He hinted about setting of  up Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Arunachal Pradesh, if the GoAP gives a green signal.

Meanwhile, commenting on the merging of ISL and I-League, he viewed that promotion and relegation system should be followed to give equal chance to every team.

He appreciated job reservation policy of the GoAP for meritorious sports persons and advocated other steps for promotion of games and sports by proper training to bring laurels for nation, the state in particular.

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