Shillong, Oct. 9: Is Meghalaya not sporting enough in spite of having two teams in the I-League?
That is the impression one gets by going through the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which was tabled in the Assembly today.
The report pointed out that the development of sports did not get much priority in Meghalaya with only 0.32 per cent to 0.42 per cent (during 2007-8 to 2011-12) of the state’s budgetary outlays earmarked for these activities.
The major concern expressed in the report is that even 40 years after its creation, Meghalaya does not have a sports policy, besides any long-term plan for the development of sports.
Sports infrastructure like outdoor stadia, swimming pools and indoor stadia, crucial to sports development, was found lacking in the districts.
Taking up of projects for sports infrastructure without ensuring availability of land and funds resulted in non-completion of 23 projects, according to the CAG report.
Thirteen complexes were in a dilapidated condition owing to lack of seriousness in maintenance of the infrastructure, the report said.
Coaching activities were entirely left to the discretion of individual coaches and the director of sports and youth affairs was not monitoring their work in any manner, the report said.
The national sports policy, providing scientific and technical support to sports coaching, had not been implemented in the state, it said.
Further, the report pointed out several other defects in the functioning of the sports department. It, therefore, contended that in view of the shortcomings, Meghalaya had fared “poorly” in the national sports scene.
“Against this dismal scenario, the state has contributed some sportspersons who have represented the country, some of whom even won medals, indicating that it does not lack sporting talent. Only proper sports facilities and state support to nurture and encourage this talent was lacking,” it said.