Arunachal Pradesh To Host National Games 2024!
ITANAGAR: Sports & Youth Affairs minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Mama Natung during the first coordination meeting held at with the department heads said that Arunachal Pradesh will be hosting the National Games in 2024.
Natung also said that beside the national game the state will also host the Northeast Youth Festival (NEYF) in 2020 and Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) in 2022. Meeting also discussed on various approach to implement sports schemes effectively in the State.
Speaking to the media persons, Natung said that we will work on the basic needs of infrastructure to host all the games in state, to which the government of India is ready for funding. He also informed that the major projects of building stadiums in the state were halted because of the change in government.
“Though these projects were halted due to some reasons, the state government has appraised the matter to the GOI and soon the fund for the completion of the stadium will be provided and the work will be completed at the earliest,” Natung said.
He said a team comprising from various government department will be constituted for monitoring all the work process in the construction of the stadiums.
Natung also informed that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs (Independent) Kiren Rijiju is planning for national standard indoor stadium in state.
When asked on the permanent solution on Stapled Visa provided by the China to Arunachal Pradesh, Natung said that he has no much idea on it but will be pursuing the matter to the ministry of sports in central level.
Chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA), Bamang Tago said that the SAA has allocated 2.6 crore fund for sports association participating in National levels. And 80% of the fund is used only in participation level and remaining is discharged as salary.
He said earlier there was only nine sports association in the state but today there is twenty five associations participating in national level games and out of it fourteen associations are excelling.
Meanwhile, secretary Sports & Youth Affairs Dani Sulu informed that the state government has taken up a policy that has been awarding cash prize to all the players who achieved laurel in regional, state and national level in every year of August 29.
“We have been doing this and will continue, but it is not possible to fund every individual who represent the state and come back in the mid of the year because as the fund structure will be misplaced. But we help those individual sportsmen in every possible way we can,” he said.