Shillong: The Meghalaya National Games Outreach Summit was held at the State Convention Centre in Shillong on Tuesday. It was inaugurated by chief minister Conrad K Sangma. The event was also attended by Meghalaya minister of sports & youth affairs Banteidor Lyngdoh.
In his inaugural address, speaking on various CSR projects, funding and investments for better impacts in sports, Sangma said that Meghalaya, and Northeast in general, has always been a region that produced excellent sports persons.
“It is a natural talent in our people and without much support or infrastructures people have excelled in different Sports which reflect the passion and talents of the people,” he said.
Sangma also added that schools and colleges in the state have good sports infrastructures and sports associations have contributed towards bringing out the talents in the people. He further informed that with the Meghalaya Sports Policy it has become mandatory for schools to have Physical Training teachers in schools. Highlighting the various aspects of the Meghalaya Sports Policy he said that it is very important to recognize the roles of sports associations and contributions of sportspersons who bring laurels to the State.
Talking about the National Games 2022 the CM said that it will be a massive transformative event for the state which will have a big impact not only in the sports scenario but also the economy of the State. He informed that work for all stadiums will start soon with up-gradation of P A Sangma Stadium in Tura and other sports facilities in the state.
“ The National Games will not only develop the sports culture in the State but will open up opportunities for trade, entrepreneurship, tourism besides developing urban infrastructures and connectivity,” he said.
State sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh said that the government is working hard to ensure that the infrastructures to host the National Games are built in time. He also said that the government is ensuring that the infrastructure built is used and maintained in a sustainable way even after the National Games. He also shared and applauded the recent achievements of various athletes of Meghalaya in various national and international sports.