AOA resolve to press govt to construct multipurpose stadium

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HT Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 2: The Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has decided to press for early materialisation of the multipurpose indoor stadium in the capital complex.
The AOA in its annual general body meeting held recently discussed various issues plaguing the sports sector, and adopted several resolutions for onward submission to the government.

Some of the major resolutions adopted in the meeting were appointment of persons with sports background as the chairman and vice chairman of the Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA); relaxation in educational qualification and height while selecting candidates for appointment under the sports quota; enhancement of the annual grant-in-aid for the AOA from the current Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.5 crore; and proper utilisation of fund meant for promotion of sports in the state.

The meeting observed that appointment of SAA officials without any knowledge of sports would fail to serve the desired purposes.

It also discussed the issue of termination of former SAA vice chairman Gechi Doke, and majority of the speakers, including Arunachal Pradesh Wushu Association president Toko Teki, sought reconsideration of the termination order by the government, in the interest of development of games and sports in the State.

It may be mentioned here that Doke is one of the longest serving sports officials in the state. He had held the post of general secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) for 25 long years before being appointed as SAA vice chairman.
The meeting, which was attended by the presidents and secretary generals of all the District Olympic Associations (DOA) and state level sports associations, unanimously adopted the resolution that the appointment to the posts of chairman and the vice chairman of the SAA should be made from among persons who have vast knowledge of sports and have contributed in the field of games and sports for not less than 10 years.

Highlighting the myriad of problems plaguing the sports sector, AOA secretary general Abraham Kaya Techi appealed to the state government for early construction of the multipurpose stadium, which is a longstanding demand of the AOA.

Informing that the AOA office has been functioning from a rented house in Naharlagun, he also appealed for establishing an ‘Olympic Bhavan’.

SAA Chairman Bamang Tago gave a brief report on fund allocation and budget proposal of the authority. He informed that a budget proposal of Rs 9 crore had been submitted to the department concerned, in consultation with various sports bodies of the state, out of which, he said, Rs 2.6 crore has already been earmarked.
He also informed about the achievements of sportspersons from the state in various competitions.
Tago said there are a total of 35 sports associations in the state, out of which only 17 or 18 are active. He said that the state has great potential in volleyball but the association is still inactive. There is fund for development of the sport, but no takers, he rued.
Tago urged all the stakeholders to work together for development of sports in the State.

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