Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK) Football Academy here at Todak Basar Memorial Stadium in presence of State BJP President Tapir Gao, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Home Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretaries Jarkar Gamlin and Gojen Gadi including Nari Koyu MLA Kento Rina.
An exhibition match was played between CM XI and GRK XI. The Match was won by GRK XI by 1 goal.
Earlier the Chief Minister inaugurated the Academy by cutting ribbon and unfurling the flag.
Khandu felicitated Kojum Taba in recognition of his outstanding achievements in weightlifting. He also facilitated body builder Paklu Taipodia and Arm Wrestler Pakjar Taipodia.
The Chief Minister in his speech said Arunachali youths have tremendous potential in sports but the state lacked adequate infrastructure to support their aspirations. In this direction, he informed that he had asked union sports ministry for sports stadiums and asked the respective districts to submit proposal for it.
Khandu informed that all sports stadium funded under SPA whose funding stopped due to discontinuation of the scheme will now be funded by state government. He further informed that to hone the skills of youths in sports, the state government will try too meet up requirement of coaches.
Appreciating the step taken by GRK in opening a football academy, the Chief Minister assured support from state government and contributed Rs 10 lakhs from his personal means.