Shillong, Oct. 10: Union minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports Ajay Maken today gave instructions for the setting up of a sports science centre within the Special Area Games Centre of SAI, Shillong which is likely to be completed early next year.
Maken was on a daylong visit to the city to inspect progress of the construction of the Special Area Games Centre on the North Eastern Hill University (Nehu) campus here.
“A sports science centre is very important to produce world class players. Without it, we will not be able to achieve much,” the Union minister said while addressing a gathering at the SAI centre.
He said the SAI authorities have been asked to prepare a plan for the construction of the sports science centre.
For the Special Area Games Centre, located on a 30-acre plot, the Union minister directed the CPWD officials to complete the work by March-April 2013.
An amount of Rs 42.6 crore has been sanctioned for the Special Area Games Centre of which, Rs 30 crore has been released so far.
Maken said the rest of the amount would be released within a month.
Moreover, as part of the Come and Play Scheme, he asked the SAI authorities to ensure that children and students within the vicinity and elsewhere are allowed to use to the facilities at the centre.
“I expect at least 5,000 students and children to use the facilities here whenever the elite athletes are not utilising them,” he said.
Assam Police Blues, Guwahati, secured a place in the semi-finals of 17th Bodoland Gallants Gold Cup Football Tournament being played at Dimakuchi rural stadium in Udalguri, writes our correspondent from Kokrajhar.
In the fourth and last quarter-finals match today, the policemen defeated Golaghat Coaching Centre 6-0.