Guwahati, January 30: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated a newly constructed training centre cum sports complex of Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Solalgaon in Lakhimpur district in the presence of Union Minister of State (i/c) for Sports & Youth Welfare Kiren Rijiju.
The sports complex includes a training centre, multipurpose indoor stadium, hostel for players and coaches apart from other sports related facilities. The Chief Minister also released a guidebook on body building written in Assamese language on the occasion.
Chief Minister Sonowal while speaking at the inaugural function said that the new sports complex would immensely benefit the sporting community of the upper Assam region providing advanced facilities for grooming their latent talents. He also urged the younger generation to take up sports as a career and accordingly put dedicated efforts to be successful in the field of sports.
Union Minister of State (i/c) for Sport & Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his speech said that sports are a lifestyle and an important part of a healthy life. He said that the new sports complex would help in emerging Lakhimpur as the epicenter of sports in the upper Assam region. He also assured to continue extending all support in boosting sports infrastructure in the state and said that few additional sports facilities would soon be added in the new sports complex at Lakhimpur.
Underlining the fact that the sports persons of the NE region would have to play a very vital role in making India as one of the top ten countries in the 2028 Olympics, the Union Minister said that preparations have already been started in this regard. The Union Minister also lauded the sporting talents of upper Assam region and said that the new sports complex would help in realizing the Olympic goal set by the PM.