Shillong, Sept 24: The Government will be providing financial assistance to football clubs and teams from the state that qualifies for I-League and Indian Super League.
Sports Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh informed that financial assistance of Rs ₹1 crore will be provided for the Indian Super League qualifiers, Rs 40 lakhs for I-League and Rs 10 lakhs for 2nd Division I-League.
He made the announcement during a send-off programme organized by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs for Ryntih Sports and Cultural Club. The Club will be competing to qualify for I-League 2021, starting October 4th to 25th at Bengaluru.
Speaking on the occasion, Lyngdoh reiterated the need to revive the football scene in the State. Lamenting the fact that many football clubs of the State have not been able to sustain themselves over the years due to financial constraints, he said the lack of Government support has further aggravated the problem.
He further informed that a tender amounting to 34 Cr has been called for the up-gradation of the J N Sports Complex which will include replacing artificial with natural turf and state of the art upgradation of the overall facilities within the complex. An indoor multipurpose sports complex will also be constructed on the 5th ground costing about 100 Cr.
The Complex will house facilities like swimming pool, basketball, tennis courts and many other indoor games facilities. Such initiatives will also be taken in different Districts so as to hone the skills of the youth of the State and give them a platform to showcase their prowess.
Besides football, the Government is also dedicated to uplift and support disciplines like boxing, archery, athletics etc, which will go a long way in developing the sportspersons of the State, he informed.
The Minister also shared words of encouragement for the members of Ryntih Sports and Cultural Club and reiterated the importance of team spirit and a fighting spirit to achieve their goals.
Later, the Minister also handed over a cheque amounting to 2 lakhs for the Ryntih Sports and Cultural Club, which will be followed by the remaining 8 lakhs in due course of time.
Chairman KHADC, Pyniaid Sing Syiem, Director, WMS Booth, MFA President Larsing M Sawian, and other officials were also in attendance.