State gets first football astro turf

State gets first football astro turf

| Staff REPORTER |

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: Much to the delight of sports lovers, the State on Monday got its first football astro turf, a synthetic ground at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) Complex, Chimpu, Itanagar.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu formally inaugurated the football ground in presence of Home Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary (S&YA) Nyamar Karbak and other dignitaries and officials of Sports and Youth Affairs.

Funded under the Khelo India Sports Infrastructure scheme at a cost Rs 5 crore by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, GoI, the synthetic turf football ground is first of its kind in the State.

It is expected that the new football ground will surely be beneficial for football players of the state as they will now have an option on playing on an artificial turf other than plain grass which often leads to adjustment issues in national level competitions.

Meanwhile in a friendly football match, Chief Minister XI lost to Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) XI 2-4. The match was played as part of the inaugural programme.

A report from CMO adds: The Chief Minister, who was given a rousing reception by students of SLSA, met the Arunachal football team that represented the state in the Junior (U-19) National Football Championship for BC Roy Trophy held this year. The CM congratulated the team for making it to the semifinals, where they had lost to Jharkhand.

The scheme for the artificial football turf was approved in 2010-2011 under Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) for Rs 450 lakh during the tenure of former Chief Minister, late Dorjee Khandu.

The Centre in that year also approved Rs 500 lakh for hockey astro turf for SLSA. About 75% work is completed for the artificial hockey turf, which is expected to be completed by the end of this month, according to the departmental source.

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