Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma informed that the government has been able to mobilise Rs 450 crore from different ministries and departments of the government of India to host National Games 2022.
The National Games Organising Committee held a meeting on Friday in Shillong and was chaired by the chief minister. Minister of sports & youth affairs Banteidor Lyngdoh and urban affairs minister Hamletson Dohling were also present in the meeting.
Addressing the media, Sangma said, “The meeting discussed the locations and venues for various disciplines and the venues were finalised in terms of the infrastructure that have been created and different aspects of the locations for the training areas were finalised.”
Sangma further added that the state government has mobilised Rs 450 crore from different ministries and departments of the government of India.
“The state government is committed, firm, planning and ensuring that the state is ready to host National Games 2022, and after seeing the presentation today the committee was convinced that we are moving on the right track,” said Sangma.
The meeting also discussed the preparedness of departments like power, PHE, urban affairs, roads, etc. The resource and infrastructure of different institutions like IIM, NEHU and Assam Rifles to host games or as practicing areas were also discussed.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya’s performance at the Khelo India Youth Games left many wondering why such a poor performance with no medals happened.
When Sangma was questioned about the same he acknowledged that the state did not perform well but was optimistic that the state will be able to perform well and come up as one of the top countries when the National Games will take place.
Sangma said, “If one looks at the comparative performance of Meghalaya and the other North East states, the state has not performed too well. This is a good chance to look at different preparedness issues and a lot of work has to be done. The type of talent the state possesses, and a bit of support from the government, the sportsperson will be able to show better results in the future.”