Guwahati: Robert Romawia Royte, the Mizoram Sports Minister, on Saturday said that the state will soon have a football ground certified by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (or FIFA) in Kolasib town.
Royte made the announcement while visiting the construction of Sports Authority of India (SAI) sports academy at Kolasib's Saidan and the laying of artificial turf at the football ground there.
Royte, who was accompanied by supply minister and Kolasib MLA K Lalrinliana and Serlui MLA Lalrinsanga Ralte during the inspection, said that the artificial turf, which is being laid at the SAI academy ground at Saidan, was certified by FIFA and is on the verge of completion.
Stating the three more disciplines will be added at the under-construction SAI sports academy at Saidan at Kolasib Royte exclaimed that Mizoram will soon have its first FIFA certified football field. At the same time, he expressed hope that the sparkling new stadium will help the sportspersons of the state forge ahead in the national and international arenas.
He expressed hope that the football field will greatly benefit sportspersons in the state. The sports minister also visited Kawnpui and Vairengte in Kolasib district and inspected the feasibility of new sports infrastructure and upgrade of the existing infrastructure there.
He said that the existing football ground at Kawnpui will be upgraded to a standard ground by laying artificial turf. He inspected the feasibility of a standard basketball court and a standard volleyball court at Kawnpui, which are in the pipeline.
The sports minister also announced that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) government would set up a sports training centre at Vairengte on the Mizoram-Assam border. At the same time, Royte said, the government is mulling to revive the construction of a tourist lodge at Kawnpuia, which has been abandoned.