The chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu RIO said on Saturday that his government will come up with a sports policy under which several sporting disciplines suiting to the youth of the state will be identified and promoted.
“Even though Nagaland is second senior-most state after Assam in the North-East, the Nagaland Olympic Association could get affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association in 2004, 41 years after the statehood,” Rio said.
Rio Remembered Dr. T Ao a famous Naga who has captained Indian Football team in the year of 1948.
He was delivering speech on the closing eve of NE-Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship organised by the Nagaland Badminton Association (NBA) at the Dimapur District Badminton Association indoor stadium at Dimapur, the main commercial district of Nagaland,
“For the first time we participated in the 33rd National Games held in February 2007 at Guwahati, Assam. Nagaland won 11 medals including 1 gold, but in subsequent years, our performance has declined,” the Chief Minister rued.
Highlighting the fact that there is huge abundance of young talents and potential in the North-Eastern area RIO said that further however, there is an acute shortage of proper infrastructure ad training facility which subsequently affects the growth of such local talents.
“Sports brings people together and so we should learn from one another and help each other so that we can build a good image. We should make the state, the North-East and India proud,” he added.
NBA President, L. Kire said that sportspersons of the North-East have high expectations that Badminton will be promoted vigorously under Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the president of Badminton Association of India.
Touching on the lack of sports infrastructure and facilities in Nagaland, Kire said the Nagaland government had already submitted a proposal to the Union Sports Ministry for an 8-court indoor badminton stadium which is under active consideration.
He said Chief Minister Rio has taken the initiative to request Union Sports Minister and was hopeful that with the combined support of the leaders, the project will materialize soon.