ITANAGAR, Sep 1: Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Mama Natung launched the third edition of the Sub-Junior State ranking Badminton tournament organized by Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) at Old MLA cottage near here on Wednesday.
Addressing the gathering, Natung said that a meeting was earlier held with Chief Minister Pema Khandu, where the CM suggested focusing more on individual games. With the positive direction of CM, the sports department is ensuring to bag an Olympic medal in the 2024 Olympic Games, in the individual games category.
He said that a special roadmap will be designed for every individual game by the state sports department to prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games. He said the effort is being made to make the state a ‘powerhouse’ of sports & games in the country.
“The department will hold a meeting soon to prioritize the individuals’ games so that the state in years to come can represent in the Olympic Games and bring laurels for the country,” Natung said, adding that the group games will be kept on the sidelines for now so that more focus is given on individual games.
Natung also informed that under the Khelo India central scheme, the state government has sanctioned 52 sports & games centres in the state, which is the highest in the country.
He appealed to the organizing committee to encourage games among the youngsters as well as continue such competition on an annual basis, for which he assured all assistance.
Meanwhile, ASBA General Secretary Peniya Bagra said that, in the 226 matches, there were 201 participants from various districts participating in the tournament. There are also various categories of matches in terms of Age varying from under 9 years to under 18.
He also said that there is no lodging and fooding facility provided by the ASBA as it is only provided in the state level DK Badminton tournament. The participants have to bear their respective expenses.
“We also made sure that every individual participant as well as parents have gone through Covid-19 test. Hence, the entire tournament which will conclude on September 4 next is done following proper Covid-19 standard operating procedures,” he said.
He also informed that the champion of under 13 and above from the tournament will go through various levels of marking scrutiny with the champions of DK Badminton state level tournament. Accordingly, the final champions will represent the state in national levels, he added.
Among others, the minister was accompanied by Advisor to Tourism Minister Laisam Simai, Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs- Anirudh Singh and former Chairman of Sport authority of Arunachal (SAA) Bamang Tago were present on the day.