Arunachal Pradesh will soon get three state-of-the-art sports academies to encourage and train talents of the state. Union Minister, Kiren Rijiju, during a recent review meeting in Itanagar stated, ‘We must engage our youth in various activities. Otherwise they will sway towards anti-social activities.’
‘The three academies will have intake capacities of 100 players each. All the academies will have residential facilities and world-class coaches.’ Seeking the support of the State government for establishing the academies, he shared that the Centre would provide all the budgetary support.
He informed that the Centre will extend all possible support for the development of sports in the State, adding that his Ministry has decided to install astro turfs in stadiums across all districts. ‘This will be done in the next three years. The State government will decide the districts, where the project will be implemented.’ The Ministry will start the funding as soon as the proposals from the State government are received.
‘The ministry will provide all the crucial funding, wherever necessary, to develop the sports sector in the State,’ Rijiju said, adding, the Ministry has proposed to organise a North East Youth Festival in Arunachal this year to promote sporting activities. ‘There is no dearth of sporting talent in Arunachal. Yet, no players from the State are able to make it to international sporting events.’