MECHUKA, Nov 08: “There is no dearth of talent among state youth, but what they need is a platform and opportunity,” Speaker P D Sona said and exhorted District Olympic Associations (DOA), particularly Shi-Yomi District Olympic Association (SYDOA) to facilitate platforms for local youths to showcase their talents.
“I hope the newly formed SYDOA would facilitate the same to district youths,” Sona said in his address to first SYDOA general body meeting here on Friday.
While suggesting the executive members to channelize youth energies through games and sports, he asked them to work in unison while taking suggestions from senior members of the society. Inculcate a sense of discipline and team spirit and do not take hasty decisions at anytime, he said.
While citing examples of sportspersons Joti Mane and Anu Komi, he said that games and sports will not only help to stay fit but also win laurels for state, Shi-Yomi in particular. Joti is state’s first athlete to win gold in a national athletics championship, while Anu won several medals in various national level karate championships.
Shi-Yomi DC Mito Dirchi, in his presidential address, suggested the new team to work in organized manner to ensure all local talents is given equal opportunity to perform.
The SYDOA has been formed to facilitate equal opportunities to aspiring sportspersons and local talents of the district, its president Aling Pinggam said, adding it is already affiliated to Olympic Association of Arunachal.
Earlier, during his visit to sub-divisional library here, inaugurated by the then chief minister Gegong Apang in 1994 Sona took serious note of its dismal condition, saying “Library being the store house of knowledge should be properly maintained”.
Sona being local legislator assured to improve its infrastructures and book stock to attract enthusiast readers.