National Sports Day celebrated

State pays tributes to Maj Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: The National Sports Day was celebrated across the state paying tributes to Indian hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand.
National Sports Day is celebrated every year on 29 August on the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Various sports events, including marathon races, marked the National Sports Day celebration throughout the state.
At Itanagar, the Directorate of Sports, GoAP, celebrated the day at the state banquet hall here by awarding cash incentives to the meritorious sportspersons of the state and organizing a seminar.
Attending the celebration, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Dr Mohesh Chai reiterated his commitment to work for all-round development of games and sports in the state.
He said that there are around 36 state level sports associations in the state and many of them are defunct and inactive. The sports minister advocated for stopping the fund for such inactive associations.
He informed that the state government has sanctioned a new sports academy, which will temporarily come up at Miao from the current year.
Earlier, the minister launched the official website of the Directorate of Sports www.director and software for player tracking management system.
The software is useful for the sports associations to intimate the department before participating in any national or international tournament.They can also upload the achievements after participation alongwith certificate. A unique player’s ID for every player will be generated in this process, said Director of Sports Tadar Appa.
Earlier, a seminar on ‘why youth play and quit sports’, ‘parental responsibilities towards young athletes,’ and ‘elite sports performance factors,’ was also held. The seminar saw the participation of GRIT, Mumbai, GoSports Foundation, Bangalore and Sportseed, New Delhi.
At Aalo, a marathon race was organized by the district sports association (DSA) to mark the occasion. More than 250 boys and girls participated in it.
DIPRO Gijum Tali, who flagged off the race, highlighted the life and achievements of Dhyand Chand. He urged the players to draw inspiration from the players of yesteryears who have immensely contributed to the growth of games and sports in India and exhorted the sportspersons to take sports as a profession.
West Siang DASO Tumto Loyi spoke about the importance of games and sports and incentives being offered by the state government to the meritorious players
At Khonsa, Tirap Deputy Commissioner PN Thungon advised the youth of the district to play sports to remain physically fit and mentally sound. Thungon also advised them to abstain from taking drugs, alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
Later, he distributed prizes to the winners of various sports competitions at the Nehru Stadium.
District Sports Officer Noah Mongku highlighted the importance and significance of celebrating National Sports Day.
At Longding, the day was celebrated with participation of students from various schools, including GHSSs, Wakka, Kanubari, Longding.
Various field and track events, such as 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m race and long jump competitions were organized among the students.
DSO Ahua Wangsu appealed to the students to take part in games and sports regularly and to maintain discipline.
At Roing, Deputy Commissioner Mitali Namchoom and District Sports Officer R Mipi attended the celebration and encouraged the students in games and sports.
The deputy commissioner distributed prizes to the winners of various categories.
At Palin, the day was celebrated at the general ground under the supervision of Tarh Rajkumar, PET, GHSS Palin.
To mark the occasion, track and field events for boys and girls were held. A girls’ football match was also played between GHSS Palin and GSS, Dui, in which the former defeated later with 5-1 margin.
Medals and certificates were given to the winners.
At Tawang, a marathon race was organized on the occasion of National Sports Day with the motto of promoting sports and fitness among the population.
The event was organised by the DSA in collaboration with Human Right First and supported by the Tawang Brigade of Army and Monyul Sports Club.
The marathon, which was organized in four different categories– men’s open, men’s veterans, women’s open and women’s veteran– was flagged off by Tsering Dolma, wife of Chief Minister Pema Khandu from the Tawang Monastery to the Tawang War Memorial covering a distance of five kilometre.
Around 200 men, women and children from all age groups and walks of life participated in the event.
Prizes for the winners were given away at the War Memorial.
The National Sports Day was also celebrated at Seppa (East Kameng), Koloriang (Kurung Kumey), Changlang, VKV Koloriang and at Yingkiong (Upper Siang) by organizing various games and sports competitions.