Govt to release new Nagaland Sports Policy

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Kohima, March 23: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said that the PDA government will release a new Nagaland Sports Policy which will be formulated by engaging all sections and stakeholders including inputs from professionals, international sportspersons and experienced sports administrators.
“We have to plan a strategy where sports becomes an industry that provides gainful employment inside and outside the competitive arenas,” Rio said in his speech while presenting Budget 2018-19 in the Assembly today.
“Some of the salient features of this strategy will include infrastructure development, game developmental projects from grassroots upwards, capacity building of coaches and trainers, improvement of diet and nutrition, exposure and scientific training of athletes, motivation and reward and career stability for sportspersons,” he said.
He said the state must conduct more events and competitions in a specialized manner and the Olympic movement will be streamlined into a full time professional centric approach.
“We will empower the sports associations and federations and at the same time make them responsible by bringing them under a monitoring mechanism under the Olympic Association. Our aim is to make Nagaland a hub of sporting activities where national and international level sporting events are held regularly and we produce sportspersons of international calibre,” he said adding that the government desires Naga youth and sportspersons to be positive ambassadors of the Naga people and “we want to hold our heads high with pride from their achievements.
He said promotion of sports and games will be one of the thrust areas for the PDA government.
“Naga youth have tremendous talent in this area and we have to take up all possible measures to provide opportunities avenues and open up vistas for them to achieve success at the highest levels of competition,” Rio said.
He said the department of youth resources has at present five ongoing projects valued at a total of Rs 31.05 crores for creation of sports infrastructure in various parts of the state.
Stating that PDA government will ensure that sufficient attention is given to this area to create a conducive atmosphere for youngsters to make their mark in the near future, he said “I also intend to resume the initiative started during my earlier tenure to transform music into industry.”
Rio said a state-of-the-art T. Ao Regional Football Academy will be established in Nagaland. “We will also restore the T. Ao Sports Awards from this year onwards, in order to reward and recognize the achievements of our sportspersons, coaches and administrators who have been given yeoman service to the state,” he said.
Rio announced that the government will commemorate Dr. T. Ao’s ( India’s first and only Olympic football captain) centenary with a year round calendar of sports activities which will include coaching camps for youngsters involving foreign coaches, exposure events for budding footballers and conduct of tournaments.
We will also organize an international seminar on development of sports as part of the T.Ao centenary year, he said.
Rio also announced that the Hornbill International Motor Rally will be restored and Nagaland will host a national level Nagaland Cross Country under the aegis of the Athletic Federation of India.
We will also take steps for introduction of Nagaland leagues in selected prioritised disciplines, he said.
The chief minister announced that an amount of Rs 2 crores will be earmarked for the T.Ao Centenary year commemorative events and another Rs 2 crores for the sports events.
(Page News Service)