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Sonowal felicitates Champion Teams of 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship Govt to set up Sports University at Chabua

Sonowal felicitates Champion Teams of 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship Govt to set up Sports University at Chabua

Sonowal felicitates Champion Teams of 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship Govt to set up Sports University at Chabua


Dispur, April 3: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal felicitated the Champion Teams of 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship -2018 (boys and girls) at a function held at Mandhabdev International Auditorium here today.

It may be noted that in the 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship -2018 (boys and girls) held at Hojai and Kaliabor respectively, the boys and girls team of Assam emerged victorious. In recognition to the feat, Chief Minister Sonowal felicitated the players and gave away cash award of Rs. 25,000 each to all players and Rs. 20,000 each to coach and support staff.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal said that sports has been one of the thrust areas of the State government as the present dispensation has been taking several steps for the promotion and development of sports in the state. He also said that realising the immense potential of sports in the state, the government has decided to set up an exclusive Sports University at Chabua after the name of Sri Sri Aniruddha Dev. Moreover, the State government has taken several other steps for the infrastructure creation of sports in the state like making state of the art 500 play grounds at the village level of the state. He also said that his government is also on the threshold of starting indigenous sports events at all villages in Assam from this month. He also informed that in the budget this year, the State government has earmarked Rs. 20 crore for installing flood-lights stadia in Nogaon, Dibrigarh, Tinsukia, Diphu, Jorhat and Karimganj.

Congratulating the players for helping Assam to emerge winner in the 8th Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championship-2018 and bringing laurels to the state, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the feats of the players would act as a catalyst to the State government's bid of making Assam a hub of India's sporting activities. He also appealed to the players to work hard and climb the ladder of success in their sporting endeavour. He at the same time appealed to the teachers and parents to help the children to imbibe love for sports in them and become established players in their life. He also advocated for collective approach between the government and the people at large for the promotion of sports in the state. He also hailed the achievement of both the teams and said their success would unleash a competitive sports atmosphere in the state.

The programme organised by State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) for Students and Youth Welfare along with Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare saw the presence of President of Assam Hockey Association and Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Irrigation Minister Ranjit Dutta, Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Naba Kumar Doley who also spoke on the occasion.

MLAs Tapan Kumar Gogoi, Rituparna Baruah, Bhaskar Sarma, Bolin Chetia, Dimbeswar Das, Shiladitya Deb, Krishnandu Paul, Member Secretary SLAC Lakhya Konwar, Vice President SAI Queen Oja, Regional Director SAI Subhash Basumatary, Director Information and Public Relations Rajiv Prakash Baruah and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.