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Abu Metha addresses national sports conclave

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Dimapur, March 28: Advisor to Nagaland Chief Minister, and associate vice president of Athletics Federation of India, Abu Metha was invited to speak at the 1st Sportstar National Sports Conclave in New Delhi on March 27. The conclave was organised by India’s only sports periodical magazine The Sportstar and The Hindu.
The keynote address of the Conclave was delivered by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur.
Abu Metha in his address called for a change of narrative towards the north eastern states in the field of sports and games. He said the Government of India must make more investments in sports in the region in the fields of infrastructure, human resource and development programmes for sportspersons.
“The northeast is a talent bank of sports for the country and the fact that people of the region are naturally athletic does not need elaboration,” he said.
Metha emphasised that the youth of the region are greatly challenged by many factors including insurgency and violence, however sports provided a platform for the youth to contribute towards nation building. He called for a rethink on the part of the Government of India on the funding pattern for sports infrastructure which was earlier 90:10 supported by the Centre. Metha also called upon national federations to do more in the northeast.
According to a release by the Nagaland Olympic Association, Metha expressed confidence that if given the appropriate infrastructure and support system, the success rate of the north east would greatly increase and youth of the region would make India shine brighter.
(Page News Service)