MEGHAYALA: Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju while inaugurated the new Synthetic Football Ground, Synthetic Athletic Track & Field and Girls hostel at SAI Training Centre said that National Games 2022 will be held in Meghayala.
"My Ministry would give full support to the National Games when they would be held in Meghalaya. Chief Minister (Conrad K Sangma), being a sports lover, is really giving all his efforts to hold the games next year," Rijiju said, adding that he would do everything to promote sports in the northeastern states.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma also shared pictures from the inauguration. Along with the synthetic grounds and track, Rijiju also inaugurated the very first Khelo India School.
"Hon'ble Union Minister of @IndiaSports, Sh @KirenRijiju Ji is in #Shillong to inaugurate the Synthetic Football Turf & Girls' Hostel at SAI Training Centre & to launch Assam Rifles School as #KheloIndia School. We thank him for his leadership in upgrading sports infra in the NE," Conrad Sangma tweeted.
It is to be mentioned that the first Khelo India Sports School of the Northeast is the Assam Rifles Public School (Sports). Further the minister called it a major step of integration of sports in education with an effort to strengthen the sports culture of the country.
Earlier in December, eight Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) were inaugurated. The Khelo India State Centres of Excellence were inaugurated on December 22 virtually. Out of the eight new centres, four are from Northeast India. They are Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. The four other KISCE are Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha and Telangana.
Khelo India programme has become a brand that everyone including girls and boys wants to be a part of. The Central government has collaborated with the state governments to create basic facilities for the youngsters of various states.