Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that sports have the potential in developing human resources, as the state government has been working assiduously to promote sports and develop its infrastructure in the state. Speaking at the valedictory cum prize distribution function of the 7th Northeast Zone Shooting Championship at Assam Sports Shooting Range of 4th APBn Complex in Guwahati, Sonowal said that in the 21st century, the popularity of sports has been rising by leaps and bounds.
The 7th North East Zone Shooting Championship from August 19 to 23, which was participated by players from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Services, saw the participation of 261 players. Organised by Assam Rifle and Shooting Association, this championship was a qualifier for national tournaments. “Even Assam has to move towards that and blaze itself in the competition-driven world,” Sonowal said.
He also said that his government has taken a slew of steps for the promotion of sports in the state. He also urged upon the young sportspersons of the state to become popular in their respective sports disciplines by dint of sheer dedication, diligence, and discipline.
The CM further said that the Assam government has notified the Integrated Sports Policy of Assam, 2017-18 for the overall development of sports and sportspersons in the state. The Integrated Sports Policy of Assam offers attractive cash incentives, special incentives to medal winners in Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and World Championships, including direct entry into Class I and Class II government jobs.
Besides, under CM’s mission of Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana, the government has already started steps for developing 500 playgrounds in the state. He has stressed developing sports as an industry and harped on producing sports equipment in the state itself for occupying the world market. Sonowal also said that sports have to be used extensively for removing superstitions.
On the sidelines of the programme, Sonowal felicitated gold medal winner Pallabi Das in archery and Tunulai Narzary in shot put, awarded in the recently concluded World Police and Fire Games. He also felicitated the players of the champion team, Assam and runner-up Manipur.