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Everesters appointed coaches

Guwahati, Aug. 7: The proposed Assam Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Institute will have Indian Mountaineering Foundation president Col (retired) H.S. Chauhan as its consultant while Everesters Tarun Saikia and Manish Deka were formally appointed coach-cum-trainers by the state government here today.

In a formal meeting organised by the state sports and youth welfare department, state sports minister Ajit Singh handed over the letter of engagement to the retired army official while the duo who scaled Mt Everest last year, were handed over their appointment letters respectively.

“It is a privilege to be associated with an institute like this. The adventure sports scene in the country is growing and the Northeast has the potential required for it,” Chauhan said.

On how the state can benefit from the proposed institute, he said, “It can provide training and expertise to mountaineers and boost the tourism sector in a big way.”

Commissioner and secretary of sports and youth welfare Ajay Tewari said to come up with such an institute would take space and money. He assured that they have an initial sum to begin work with but eventually will have to look for other resources.

The sports minister said, “It gives me immense pleasure to give away the appointment letters to the Everesters as promised by the chief minister.”

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