While lauding Board of Control for Cricket in India’s move to promote sports in Meghalaya, the Congress-led Government has stated they are not happy at the Board for ignoring them while announcing developmental programmes.
BCCI, led by its president Anurag Thakur, BJP MP, announced recently plans for construction of an indoor cricket academy together with a gymnasium at Polo Grounds in Shillong.
During his visit, the 41-year-old BCCI president examined a coaching camp for under-19, spent some time playing with the visually impaired and later interacted with local cricket officials and BJP functionaries, ‘This is not the way to go about promoting sports. We don’t know why State Sports department was kept out of the loop while promoting cricket in the State,’ said Meghalaya Sports Minister Zenith Sangma.
He added that normally Sports department is informed about such initiatives, ‘The initiatives being taken by BCCI is laudable, but at the same time there needs to be some basic courtesies displayed.’
Nonetheless, Sangma claimed that Meghalaya government would extend all assistance to BCCI if it requires, ‘We are always ready to help when it comes to sports.’
Meanwhile, Sangma disclosed, ‘State Government has asked the Indian Institute of Management to draft the State Sports Policy.’