Pema Khandu
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Image credit - Northeast Now

The Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) in its special general body meeting held at Itanagar on Monday declared Chief Minister Pema Khandu as its acting president.

Assuming the role as president of APFA, the chief minister promised to work at all levels to spread the popularity of football in the state.

He said football being a poor man’s sport, people from any background can dream big – though lack of proper coaching facilities, infrastructures and good football academy in the state are concerns that need to be addressed.

Khandu said the immediate next step for the Association will be to organise the 25th National Senior Women’s Football Championship in a befitting manner.

The event is going to be held at Pasighat in the coming month.

He said best effort will be made to make the event a grand success since it’s a matter of pride for Arunachal to host a national level event.

The CM appreciated the sportsmen spirit and passion among people of Arunachal.

He also acknowledged the contribution of several sportsmen who despite lack of financial support from government had managed to bring laurel for the state through their own effort.

He said the government will always come forward to support and acknowledge such contributions.

Further acknowledging the contribution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for development of sports in the country, the chief minister said through “Khelo India” campaign, the state has got great fillip in development of sports infrastructure.

He said the majority of upcoming stadiums in Arunachal are for football and hoped that this should alleviate infrastructure issues to a great extent.

Earlier, outgoing APFA president Takam Sanjoy also spoke on the occasion.

Also present in the meeting were representatives from district football associations and members of APFA.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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

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