By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Apr 08: “Arunachal Pradesh will be sports powerhouse of India in coming decades and state players would win Olympic medals in next 10-15 years,” said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung on Thursday.
In his opening remark to third junior state-level Hornbill Kabaddi at Marik Academy in Chimpu, he hinted about huge potential in games and sports of sate youth. Arunachalese are born sportspersons, but what they need is polishing and proper technical guidance for success in any games and sports the field, Natung said and hoped that state kabaddi players would win laurels for the state.
The state Govt and Union MoS for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju are committed to improve sports infrastructure for state sportsmen to excel in national events, he said and exhorted the youth to take up games and sports and practice regularly to improve skills.
The minister said the state government has set up a The present National Centre of Excellence for Sports, funded by the Centre, has begun imparting training to youths in five-six disciplines.
Under Khelo India programme, three state centre of excellence will be set up at Miao, Pasighat and Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Itanagar, he said, adding this reflected commitment of the state Govt to take every possible step to prepare sportsperson to compete in national and international events.
The event is organized by Arunachal Kabaddi Association led by president Bamang Raman, GS Dongche Peter, organizing chairman Lingdum Tadum and organizing secretary Yorum Tatum.
Of total 12 teams taking part in the event, Kurung Kumey team defeated Papum Pare by 19 points in inaugural match. Kurung Kumey scored 45 points against 26 points of Papum Pare.
Sports Authority of Arunachal chairman Byabang Taj and Banderdewa ZPM Biri Taming were also present.