EC meet of Assam Olympic Association
Guwahati, Nov 18 (HS): Assam Olympic Association will soon launch a new programme across Assam to identify the sports talents of the State. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is also the President of the Association said this during its Executive Committee Meeting today.
While speaking at the first Executive Committee Meeting of the Association, which was held at its office conference room at RG Baruah Sports Complex in Guwahati, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the Association will launch a new programme named as "Grasroot Olympic - Mission Talent Hunt in the State in a bid to identify the promising sportspersons and providing them adequate opportunities for grooming their talents. A committee under the chairmanship of vice chairman of the Association and Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika was also formed in the meeting today. The committee will interact with grassroot level sports organizations, clubs, sports organizers. The committee will prepare a detailed action plan and connect with the field to spot the talented sportspersons.
The Chief Minister underlined the need for a sporting culture in the State to promote sports among youth. In this regard, he said that under the proposed programme, AOA will organize sports events in five categories covering players from 10 years of age to 60 years in the State. He also stressed on developing a strong network of grassroot level sports organizations with the AOA to take forward this mission in the State. In order to integrate culture with sports, he also suggested organizing cultural performance by local artists at the launch of the field level sports events.
The Chief Minister said that a proper synthesis of education, culture and sports is a must to develop discipline and order in society. He said that AOA must set new tradition in the State for all down the line sports organizations to follow. He also suggested to discontinue the membership of office bearers who remain absent for three consecutive executive committee meetings of the Association, which the Executive Committee readily agreed.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Khelo India initiative generated a new sporting environment in the country, the Chief Minister said that AOA's roadmap must focus on making sports a household discourse in the State. He emphasised on improving ranking of the State in the Khelo India Games and for this purpose he asked concerned sports organizations to take adequate steps for training of the sportspersons and addressing their challenges. He also said that he would interact with the sportsperson soon who would represent the State in the ensuing Khelo India Youth Games, which is scheduled to be held in Assam from 10th to 22nd January, 2020.
During the Meeting, various sub-committees and commissions were also constituted. This includes AOA constitution review committee, core committee, arbitration commission, athlete commission, co-ordination committee, finance committee, medical committee, sports development commission, youth commission, tender & purchase committee, sexual harassment committee, media committee along with a committee for Grassrrot Olympic - Mission talent Hunt. Apart from this, Biswaroop Bhattacharjya of Karimganj was nominated as associate vice president of AOA along with 28 new executive members.
On the sidelines of the executive committee meeting, the Chief Minister also interacted with the District Sports Officers of the State. He asked the DSOs to improve working relations with field level sports organization and interact with them to understand their problems and challenges as well as to seek suggestions from them to take forward sports in their respective districts. He also directed the DSOs to plan annual sports calendar in consultation with the sports organizations.
At the beginning of the Executive Committee meeting, General Secretary of AOA Lakhya Knowar introduced the office bearers to the President and explained the objective of the meeting.
Vice Chairmen of AOA, viz. Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, MoS (Health) Pijush Hazarika, Rajyasabha MP Ranee Narah, MLAs Bolin Chetia and Gurujyoti Das and other members of the executive committee were present in the meeting, which was also attended by Principal Secretary of Department of Sports Abinash Joshi and senior officers of the State sports department as invitees.