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Pema Khandu today kicked off the 25th Senior Women Football Championship 2019-20

Pema Khandu today kicked off the 25th Senior Women Football Championship 2019-20
September 11
11:06 2019

NET Bureau

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today kicked off the 25th Senior Women Football Championship 2019-20  at the newly constructed Pasighat Stadium in East Siang district amidst much fanfare in presence of Union MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju.

Expressing gratitude to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for selecting Arunachal Pradesh to conduct the prestigious national level tournament, Khandu welcomed all players from various states and match officials to the frontier state.

Khandu said the state government is giving priority to games and sports and therefore have constructed several stadiums in various places, Pasighat being one. He informed that the government is planning to construct similar stadiums in every district of the state so that young talents of every district can groom themselves.

“A program is on anvil to scout talents of 6 to 10 age group by conducting yearly tournaments in all the districts,” he revealed.

Pointing that sports and games have received a boost since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, he said that the central government program of Khelo India has been initiated with an eye on the coming Olympics.

He expressed optimism that under Narendra Modi and Youth Affairs & Sports MoS (Independent Charge) KirenRijiju’s leadership, India’s medal tally in the ensuing Olympics would increase manifold.

Khandu appreciated and felicitated, a women’s self-help group –RojeRasseng – which has been sponsoring teams and encouraging the game of football since several years through various tournaments.

The Chief Minister also felicitated Oinam Bembem Devi, the first and only women from the North East to lead the women’s Indian National team as Captain.

He also congratulated the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) for taking the onerous responsibility of conducting a tournament of such magnitude.

Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju lauded the efforts put in by APFA in successfully conducting a tournament of national level, which is witnessing participation of 30 state teams. He assured his full cooperation and support to the Association.

“We are going to soon starta Under-17 Women’s Football Champion League. We are sure this would encourage women from a young age to take up football besides creating a pool of national and international level players,” Rijiju informed.

Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker P D Sona in his speech called upon young players to make the best of the opportunity of having a Union Minister heading the Sports Ministry in KirenRijiju, who, he said, is committed to support all who excel in sports and games.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by state’s Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Mama Natung, Health Minister AloLibang, legislators PhurpaTsering, ZignuNamchoom, KalingMoyong, LomboTayeng and NinongEring, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and others.

The inaugural match was played between Railways and Mizoram, which was dominated and won by Railways 4-0.

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