The Chief Minister’s Trophy has been renamed as Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy in Arunachal Pradesh.
The State Sports Department of Arunachal Pradesh has officially acknowledged the decision of Chief Minister Pema Khandu in renaming the Chief Minister’s Trophy for Football and Volleyball (men and women) in memory of the martyr Hangpan Dada.
The state-level trophy for football and volleyball, both for men and women, would henceforth be called Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy. Havildar Dada, who died in Kupwara on May 27 after killing three terrorists, was awarded Ashok Chakra on the eve of Independence Day this year by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Hangpan Dada, 36, hailed from Boduria village in Arunachal Pradesh and was last posted in the high mountains of north Kashmir.
The trophy, now renamed in his memory, was formally launched at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy at Chimpu in November 2013 by the then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
The Sports Department holds competitions for men and women at the block level. The winners of block level competitions then compete in the district level, followed by state-level competition. Finals of the competitions coincide with Statehood Day celebrations every year.
The Chief Minister appreciated the Sports Department for its prompt action on his announcement and said that this would be a tribute from the people of Arunachal to the brave son of the State. ‘Late Hangpan Dada made the supreme sacrifice fighting for his country. He needs to be immortalized.’ Taking a review of the Sports And Youth Affairs Department, Khandu called for increasing activities to streamline the immense energy of the youths for constructive purposes
‘Sports and Youth Affairs is a very important sector as it caters to the youth, who form the major chunk of the population. Our government is committed to their welfare and upliftment,’ Khandu said.
Hailing Arunachal Pradesh as one of the upcoming sporting State of the country, he urged the departments to focus on moulding sportspersons of Olympic level. ‘Our youths have the potential to compete with the best in the country as well as the world. Time and again, they have showcased this potential. Our responsibility is to guide them and provide them with basic infrastructure and facilities,’ Khandu pointed.
The Chief Minister assured that funds won’t be a constraint for productive and essential projects.