Shillong,(Meghalaya),Sep 24: Meghalaya Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh today accorded a warm send off to the team members of Ryntih Sports and Cultural Club who are all set to participate in the Hero League Qualifiers, which will take place in Bangalore from Oct 4 to 25 .
The was programme organised by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, was held at the VIP Gallery at JN Sports Complex, Polo.
In his speech , Banteidor 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. Hence, he announced cash incentives to Football Cubs of the State to the tune of 10 lakhs for those qualifying for 2nd Division I-League, 40 Lakhs for those qualifying for I-League and 1 Cr for those qualifying for the Indian Super League.
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.
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.
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.