Tuki pledges better sports infrastructure in Arunachal

 ITANAGAR: Chief minister Nabam Tuki has reiterated his commitment to make Arunachal Pradesh "a vibrant state in sports through target-oriented action plans." "The target-oriented action plans for diverse activities include coaching, training, counselling and participation at various tournaments and championships," a source quoted Tuki saying at the concluding ceremony of the first Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Tournament here on Saturday evening.

"My government has recently adopted a comprehensive sports policy, which will provide adequate incentives to sportspersons and boost sporting events. The pragmatic and uniform sports policy will broaden the base of sports activities in the state so that people from different parts of the society get a fair chance to show their talent at all levels," Tuki said.

He hoped that by 2030, all basic needs of infrastructure and necessary technical back-up for development of sports and youth activities will be fulfilled in all districts, subdivisions and block headquarters. "Besides creation of infrastructure and technical back-up, we will also provide maximum opportunities and benefits to indigenous youths," he said, adding a pension scheme for welfare of distressed sportspersons has also been incorporated. Tuki also said special focus would be laid on promotion of sports for girls and the physically challenged. tnn

Recalling Khandu's love for badminton, Tuki said the former visionary leader played the game with his heart and contributed to its development.

"In the court, he was one of the most agile players that I have seen and outside he did all that was possible to uplift the game as well as young players. Many players of the state have excelled due to his constant encouragement and guidance," Tuki said.

The chief minister also declared that from the state government would take over the tournament and conduct it through the Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) from next year. He also assured sufficient funds for construction of one more badminton club with at least two courts, sources added.