Shillong: Meghalaya Sports Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh has instructed the State Olympic Association to ensure the stay, food and sporting activities for the athletes camping in the city for the ensuing Meghalaya Games are of good quality befitting the sportspersons.
“I have received reports that the accommodation, toilets and bath areas are not fit for sportspersons. The Meghalaya Games is being organised by the state Olympic association and I have instructed that the facilities for the athletes should be of good quality befitting the sportspersons,” Lyngdoh said in a statement on Monday.
Taking note of the minister’s directives, office bearers of the Meghalaya State Olympics Association (MSOA) rushed to the camp at Polo grounds to try and ensure that the place of stay, food and bath areas are of good quality.
Earlier on Monday, sordid pictures of the sleeping area, toilets and bath areas of the athletes who were camping at the JN Stadium here were doing the rounds following which the minister intervened.
The Sports and Youth Affairs department has earmarked over Rs 2.2 crore for the Meghalaya Games, of which Rs 1.2 crore have been released to the MSOA for the smooth conduct of the Games.
Meanwhile, after the images of unhygienic clogged toilets, leaked ceilings and lack of other basic amenities went viral, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma visited Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex at Polo grounds in Shillong late Sunday evening to assess the facilities being provided to the athletes.
During his visit, Sangma expressed disappointment at the Games organisers for providing poor accommodation facilities to the athletes. The Chief Minister instructed the organisers to provide better accommodation without any delay.
“We are arranging more rooms in hotels and if anyone wishes to move out tonight itself we will make all the necessary arrangements. Just give me an hour to arrange everything,” said the chief minister.
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