Sports talents need nurturing to represent India: DG Pradhan

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 29: Rededicate to develop games and sports and welfare activities of youth of the NE region, Arunachal Pradesh in particular, said Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Sandeep Pradhan.

There is no dearth of sports talents in the state who need proper training, guidance and nurturing to become good players in different disciplines to represent the state and nation at various levels to win laurels, Pradhan said while talking to media persons, adding the SAI aims at promoting games and sport among upcoming younger generation and professional players.

Pradhan, who was on a two-day tour of state, inspected Naharlagun SAI sub-centre & Chimpu Sange Laden Sports Academy (SLSA) on Saturday when he interacted with students and faculty to learn problem, challenges and requirements of both institutions. A team led by him visited Rakap village, near Jote in Sangdupota circle to see proposed site for sports sub centre.

“My visit at the direction of Union MoS for Sports & Youths Affairs Kiren Rijiju aimed at assessing prevailing status of games and sports, challenges and requirement.  Referring to his visit and intercalation”, he said that proposal of opening of three new centres of excellence and new sports academy was discussed. Proposal of opening of sub centre was also discussed with state Sport & YA Minister Mama Natung and necessary suggestion and guidance have been given to the officers, he said.

When asked about shortage of physical education teachers in state schools, Pradhan said that he has directed the officers to work out scope of increasing PET in school by giving training to selective teachers of schools who can perform as PET. He said that if all schools have a guide for the students then the sports will naturally grow and talented students will be picked up for further training and opportunities will be given.

Natung, who also visited SLSA said that the GoAP is keen interest to develop games and sport and  take required steps to achieve the goal and urged the DG to pursue all proposal submitted  by GoAP. A 10-point memorandum was also submitted to the DG by sports director Tadar Appa.

SAI regional director Dr. Subash Basumatary, youth affairs director D K Dinglow, SAA director G Karbak, among others, accompanied the DG during the inspection.

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