Shillong: Union Minister of State Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju Monday inaugurated the Synthetic Athletic Track and Field and the Synthetic Football Ground at SAI Training Centre, NEHU Campus, Shillong.
Addressing the gathering, Rijiju said Meghalaya and other North Eastern States have a huge potential in producing athletes to compete in national and international events. The development of various sporting infrastructure plays a very important role in honing the skills of athletes.
Stating that the development of sports has recently been added as a subject of priority under the North Eastern Council, he urged the youngsters of the state to approach the Council in availing the various sporting facilities available. He also added, Shillong being a high altitude area, the training centre will act as a form of acclimatization for athletes from other parts of the state for a varied period of time. SAI Training Centre, Shillong has the potential in becoming a centre of excellence in the country, he added.
Others present on the occasion were Kum. Isawanda Laloo, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, W A M Booth, Director of Sports & Youth Affairs, Meghalaya, Sylvester Nongtnger, SP, East Khasi Hills, Subhas Basumatary, SAI, Regional Director, NER among others.