“Arunachal Govt will host the Senior Ranking National Badminton Championship from 20th to 25th September’ 2016”, said Chief Minister Pema Khandu, today to the delight of the Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA), which has been assigned the onerous task to organize the top event at Itanagar by the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
Emphasizing on the importance of wholesome development of the state in all fronts including games and sports, the Chief Minister gave the nod to host the prestigious National Level Senior Ranking Badminton Championship in the state wherein more than 600 leading players from across the country will participate. The National Mega event will be organized by ASBA and supported by the state govt. Chief Minister also suggested roping in sponsorship from private companies for such mega events.
He further said that his govt will take forward the sports activities and look into the infrastructure need to encourage and to provide facilities for promising young talents of the state in sports.
Meanwhile, Pema assured to take up other demands of ASBA in the State Cabinet after its formation which include construction of National Badminton Academy having eight courts at 6 km between Itanagar-Naharlagun to be named after Late Dorjee Khandu and taking over of the Dorjee Khandu State Open Badminton Championship by the state government.
Ratu Techi, President and Bamang Tago, Secretary ASBA while placing their grievances before the Chief Minister apprised that the good numbers of renowned badminton players of the state have brought laurels to the state in various national and international tournaments; however they lamented that the state lacks proper infrastructure and coaching facilities to nurture young talents.
They also informed that the Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship 2016 will be played from 10th to 13th August 2016 for three categories viz., Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 for both boys and girls. As this tournament was being sponsored by the family of Late Dorjee Khandu for the last three years, they requested the state govt to take over the tournament as per the agreement between the state govt and ASBA during inception of the tournament.
They expressed happiness and gratitude to the Chief Minister for giving an opportunity to meet them within a very short period.