By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, July 30: With a green signal from the Centre, the GoAP, particularly sports department is taking various steps for conducting 2024 National Games in the state, said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung said while inaugurating Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy “Abrasumente Academy” at Ganga here on Tuesday.
Despite the GoI green signal, but it is yet to finalized due to shortfall of infrastructure and accommodation and all out efforts are on, he said.
Natung, a brown belt in karateka himself, said that the GoAP attaching priority to youth affairs and sports has allocated considerable fund to promote wushu, boxing, karate and badminton and assured all possible help to the Academy in mixed martial arts and hoped that the academy will win laurels for the state in combat sports.
“Our youth have lot of sports potentials but their skills should be channelized in right direction. I am happy that youth are making Arunachal proud in games and sports in national and international arena,” said Natung, who was accompanied by former minister Nabam Rebia and Er Joram Lalin.
Delhi-based Cross Train Fight Club head coach Sidharth Singh, speaking as special guest, exhorted player to put Arunachal Pradesh on MMA map through his academy. Singh, who trained Higio Taarak in Delhi, is only Indian to qualify Brazilian Jit-jitsu brown belt.
Founder and head coach Taarak said the Academy intends to offer world class MMA training for state people to produce professional fighters besides national and global champions in the future.