Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a sports stadium to be constructed with a financial outlay of Rupees 10 crore under state government’s Uttaran scheme at Chamata in Nalbari district.
The proposed stadium is to be constructed at Chamata Anchalik Sports Association Playground under Dharmapur LAC.
Alongwith the foundation stone laying ceremony, Chief Minister Sonowal also inaugurated the final match of 41st Naroram Barman Memorial Football Tournament organised by the Anchalik Sports Association.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal underlined the role played by sports in strengthening goodwill, camaraderie, brotherhood and friendship and said that the committed efforts of the state government helped to raise people’s interest in sports in the state.
Referring to legendary singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s song “Ai prithivi ek kridangan, khridai hol santir prangon’’, Chief Minister Sonowal urged the people of the state to take up sports as a way of life to develop positive mindset and better health.
Stating that the state government gives special thrust to promoting sports in the state, Chief Minister Sonowal mentioned about several international sports events being held in the state, which significantly helped to build favourable environment for sports in the state.
Sonowal also urged the sports organisers and associations to make best efforts to identify talented sports persons form different parts of the state.
He also called upon the people to join hands with the government in transforming Guwahati as the sports capital of the country.
Sonowal in his speech also lauded the achievement of Hima Das in international track event and said that several other sports persons of Assam are also making the state proud with their success in different sports events.
Further referring to the participation of Mohammadan Sporting Club of West Bengal in Naroram Barman Memorial Football Tournament, Sonowal hoped that participation of teams from different states in sports championships being organised in the state would foster brotherhood and friendship as well as reinforce harmony.