Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday met Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam in Itanagar.

The chief minister discussed the prospects of hockey in the state with Ningombam as it provides ample career opportunities to young youths.

Khandu assured the Hockey India president that his government will do its utmost to develop the sport in the state so as to produce more good hockey players in the future.

“A pleasure meeting Shri Gyanendro Ningombam Ji, President of @TheHockeyIndia. #Hockey is one of the best sports for our youths to attain good future opportunities. We will do our best to promote Hockey in #Arunachal so that youths can have good chance of making a good career,” Pema Khandu tweeted.

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The birth anniversary of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand Singh is celebrated as the National Sports Day in India.

Singh had won gold medals in Olympics for India in the years 1928, 1934 and 1936.

The state had received its first synthetic hockey turf at the Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) at Chimpu in Papum Pare district in 2018.

The hockey turf was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 500 lakhs under the ‘Khelo India Scheme’ of the ministry of youth affairs and sports.

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