Secretary (Sports) Dani Salu said he will take all necessary initiative to set the ball rolling for construction of a multi-purpose indoor stadium in Capital Complex.
Attending a function to felicitate the medal winners of the recently held KAI National Senior Karate Championship at a city hotel at Naharlagun on Sunday, Salu said he will make every effort within his capacity at appropriate level to construct the indoor stadium—a long-felt demand of sports fraternity of the State.
Responding to a complaint made against Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) with regards to release of fund to various associations and huge liabilities pending with it, the Secretary said, he will soon convene a meeting to review the functioning of the Authority and also various sports associations in the State.
Salu said he was satisfied with the recent performance of the sportspersons of the state despite resource limitation. He credited it to those sports mentors, who have been working silently without depending much on government aid and assistance.
Speaking about karate, Salu said it has occupied the status of number one sport in Arunachal Pradesh.
While congratulating the medal winners of KAI Senior National Karate Championship, the Sports Secretary said he wants to see atleast a player from the state standing at the podium in Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
He assured the Arunachal Karate Association that the demand for Karate coach will be fulfilled.
“There is no dearth of sports talents in Arunachal Pradesh. The youths of the state have the potential to compete with the best athletes of the world. What they need is honing their skills,” said Indian Weightlifting Federation vice president Abraham K Techi. Abraham, also president of Arunachal Weightlifting Association, exuded confidence that lifters at Army Sports Institute, Pune will make the country proud by winning medals in Rio Olympics, if they are able to maintain consistency in their performance.
Arunachal Karate Association president Likha Tara briefed the Secretary (Sports) about arduous journey of karate in Arunachal since 1984. Tara, who also is the vice president of Karate Association of India, highlighted the various shortcomings in sports sector, such as lack of infrastructure, coaches, training facilities etc.
Tara, who earlier served as vice president of SAA, urged the Sports Secretary to give top priority to construction of the multipurpose indoor stadium instead of going for constructing small halls which serve no purposes. He also informed Salu about huge liabilities of AKA pending with SAA since last five years.
Earlier, AKA felicitated all the medal winning players, including coach and team manager of KAI Senior National Championship held in Kerala earlier this month with cash prizes as a token of encouragement.
Salu along with Abraham, Director (Sports) Tadar Appa and AKA president Tara presented cheques to the players.
KAI Senior National Championship is the top karate event in the country where top karate players of the country, including teams from the Services take part.
Arunachal won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the championship.
Sinne Mikhu won the gold medal in men’s individual kumite in below 50kg category.
Nikter Ani and Johny Mangkhiya bagged a silver medal each in women’s below 61 kg and 68 kg category respectively in individual kumite (fight). Rei Yadi bagged one bronze in women’s individual kumite in below 50 kg category. The second bronze medal came from Team Kumite. The team comprised of Sinne Mikhu, Tage Saa, P Nobin Jomoh, Matyup Tamblung, Anurudh Sahani, U Tarun Ch. Singh and Yarjum Sera.
AKA vice presidents Yarda Niki, Dr. Marli Ette, general secretary Langkung Marik, treasurer Tai Hipik were present among others.
Source : arunachaltimes.in