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State to host Ntl, regional events
Correspondent /DIPR Dimapur, Aug 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 12:14 AM IST
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Nagaland is all set to host series of national and regional events including Junior National Sepak Takraw tournament, North East Youth Festival, Dr. T. Ao North East football tournament and North East Music events (festival) during the later part of this year. This was disclosed by State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, while inaugurating a Multipurpose Hall ‘B’ which was constructed as an annexure of Indira Gandhi Stadium, here Tuesday. On the occasion, the chief minister also lauded the Department of Youth Resources and Sports for building the hall magnificently with quality control and appreciated the work done by the contractors. Stating that there was competition in every sphere, Rio said that his government had set up a Quality Control Board so that there was no compromise on quality. He pointed out that building was one thing while keeping and maintenance was another, and urged the concerned authorities and the public to keep the hall clean which will occupy a place of pride in the IG Stadium Complex. “In modern times, everything has to be done scientifically with modern facilities to enhance the potential of the sports personnel” Rio pointed out and urged the sports persons to take full advantage of the facilities and participate with full dedication in the field of sports. Admitting that sports had been neglected for a long time in the state, Rio told his audience that DAN Government has taken up sports seriously and in the process adopted state sports policy to promote various sports activities in the state. It may be noted, that after the DAN came into power in 2003, it has taken up sports seriously and on priority thereby bringing out state sports policy and also getting affiliated the Nagaland Olympic Association with the Indian Olympic Association and also Nagaland Cricket Association with the BCCI. Following the affiliation with the IOA, the state for the first time participated in the 33rd National Games held at Gauwahati in 2007 where it bagged one Gold, one Silver and nine Bronze medals. Appreciating the sportspersons for taking their professions seriously, Rio said that the Government has started giving awards to those sports personnel and coaches who have excelled in sporting activities. On the other hand, he also revealed that Government is promoting indigenous games and also the state cabinet has decided for adoption of at least three sports disciplines in the schools. Earlier, Engineer-in-chief (NPWD), Er. N. Chielie in his brief technical report of the project said that the project took off during later part of 2004 and the construction work started in early 2005. The work was awarded to Vilelie Khamo, Government Regd. Class-I Contractor. The architect and structural designed was done by Zynorique Consultant, Kohima considering all standard, and specification and safety measures for a modern Indoor Stadium. The total cost of the project was Rs. 972.99 lakhs. The new multipurpose hall with a sitting capacity of 1500 persons in the general gallery, 20 in VIP gallery has a play field area of 225 feet by 127 feet and can accommodate at a time, 4 Badminton Courts or one Basketball Court or one Volleyball Court or 8 Table Tennis Boards.

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