Shillong, Feb 11: The first meeting of the executive committee of the 2022 National Games, which are scheduled to be held by Meghalaya, was held here today under the chairmanship of Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh.

Several decisions were made, chief among which was that the police department will be trawled for athletes to represent the host state and a ‘Master Plan’ regarding the Games will be compiled by the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs and submitted to the chairman of the National Games organising committee, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, by the first week of May.

The suggestion to draw athletes from the police department came from Meghalaya State Olympic Association Working President John Kharshiing. Director General of Police RĀ Chandranathan agreed to this. The Home Department will also draft a policy to give incentives to sportspersons.

Other decisions:

  • The clouded leopard, the state animal of Meghalaya, will be the mascot.
  • A competition will be held to finalise the logo and theme of the Games.
  • The Games CEO will head several sub-committees to finalise the number of sporting events, venues and sports infrastructure.
  • The National Informatics Centre and IT Department will develop the Games website.

The main stadium for the National Games will be funded by the Ministry of Social Justice at a cost of Rs 200 crore and will be disabled-friendly. This stadium will be constructed on 50 acres of government land in Mawdiangdiang, Lyngdoh said today. It was also agreed that 64.34 acres will be acquired to construct a Games Village, putting the total at 114.34 acres.

The interim CEO of the Games Secretariat is IAS officer and Commissioner & Secretary of Sports & Youth Affairs Peter Dkhar.

(Photo contributed)

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