Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday inaugurated construction works of the first sports university of Assam, the Sri Sri Aniruddhadeva Sports University at Chabua in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

Reminiscing the ideals of great social reformer Sri Aniruddhadeva, the Union Minister said that the world-class university set up in the name of the great Saint of the Maomoriya sattriya community will not only give a platform to athletes of Chabua and Dibrugarh, but also of Assam and the entire NorthEast.

“Bharat Ratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika with his evergreen song ‘Ai Prithibi ek krirangan, krira hol shantir prangon‘ gave the message of how sports is the harbinger of peace and harmony. The Sri Sri Aniruddhadeva Sports University has an important role to play in this regard. I believe its world-class infra and talents will give a new direction towards the development of sports in the region,” the Union Minister added.

“Sports not only brings achievements but also good health, human values and service to the society. Today, sports is an industry. Aspects like sports medicine and sports science are fields which are in much demand nowadays. Sports today provides employment opportunities and income generation avenues. Through sports, people can become Aatmanirbhar,” Sonowal added.

Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, MLAs Punakon Baruah, Terosh Gowalla were among others present on the occasion.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com