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Assam to extend all possible help for making South Asian Games a success: Gogoi

Guwahati, Dec 5 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said that the State Government would extend all possible help in all aspects including security, transport, accommodation and medical to make South Asian Games, the biggest International Multi-sporting event in the North East a success.

Chairing an Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Coordination meeting at NEDFi House in Guwahati Gogoi said that the State Government will leave no stone unturned for making the sporting event a grand success.

The meeting was convened to assess and discuss the preparedness for the event which will be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 6-16 next year.

Gogoi said that sports can play an important role in spreading camaraderie and forge friendly relations with different countries and State Government will address all infrastructural and logistical issues for the event.

The Assam CM also directed the concerned officials to hold weekly review meeting to assess the preparedness of the event.

Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while sharing his thoughts said that the sporting event which will see assembly of nearly 4400 athletes will put North East in the international tourism and sports map.

The 12th South Asian Games will have 23 events of which 16 will be held in Guwahati and six in Shillong.

There will be 11 competition venues in Guwahati and 6 will be in Shillong. Eight countries will be participating in the event and the inaugural and valedictory event to be held in Guwahati.

State Sports Minister Ajit Singh, IOA President N. Ramachandran, Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, Joint Secretary S. N. Bali, Secretary Sports Government of India Rajiv Yadav, Chief Secretary in charge T. Y. Das, Director General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister MGVK Bhanu along with a host of other top officers were present at the meeting.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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