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The state of Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership of chief minister Pema Khandu has been giving top priority to all the activities of sports and youth affairs.

The State is witnessing a spurt of growth and positive change in the field, said sports and youth affairs minister Mama Natung on Thursday.

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He said this while addressing a large gathering of sports persons and dignitaries gathered at the Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall in Itanagar to witness the National Sports Day and National Fit India movement celebrations.

Natung also said that “for the youths to achieve their dreams, he working at the highest level to make sure that the sports persons of the State get the best facilities.”

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Advising the youths to take inspiration from hockey wizard Dhyan Chand, on whose birth anniversary the day is celebrated, the minister added, “The youths of our state are physically strong and are capable to excel in any field. The only thing they need is to be dedicated.”

Natung also lauded the efforts of the coaches who have helped the sports persons bring laurels for the state in various national and international events.

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“Without a good and dedicated coach, winning medals and feats is impossible,” he said while assuring to appraise the matter of providing sufficient incentives to the coaches of every sporting discipline with the chief minister.

Natung later distributed cash incentives to the sportsperson who excelled in their respective disciplines in the national and international level.

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Arunima Sinha, Padmashri awardee and the first female amputee to scale Mt Everest called upon the youngsters to keep themselves to be fit and healthy so as to achieve their desired goal in life.

“In every individual life of a sportsperson there will be some or the other hurdle. But one should not give up home, and instead be determined and focused. Once you do this, nothing can stop you from achieving your goal,” she said.

Former Indian football team captain Renedy Singh also spoke on the occasion and asked the sportspersons not to have a limited vision of what they want to achieve in life.

“Do not limit yourselves and play sports to excel in it and become legends. No person is perfect so do not get depressed on mistakes and failures. Rather stand up and practice more. Learn from the mistakes and be the best,” he said.

Renedy also requested the minister Natung and other leaders of the state to provide better platforms to the sportspersons so that they can excel in their respective fields.

The day-long celebration was organized by the department of sports and youth affairs.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at:

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