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SHILLONG: In what could be termed as a boost to the sports infrastructure in the State, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister in Charge of Sports Bindo M Lanong inaugurated a professional Tennis Court Complex, constructed at the JN Sports Complex, here on Monday.
Also, as part of the National Sports Day Celebration, observed to mark the birth anniversary of famous Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand, the Government felicitated athletes from all disciplines who have brought laurels to the State.
Meanwhile, the three tennis courts inaugurated along with other infrastructure including dormitories have been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 96 lakhs.
Speaking on the occasion, Lanong said the courts are all weather and have the same surface as used in the Common Wealth Games held in New Delhi last year.
According to Lanong, with the construction of the courts, the State, in future can expect to produce tennis players who can compete at national and international levels.
“Sports is not a hobby any more, it is a profession now,” Lanong said while citing an example that foreign players are being paid hefty sums for each football session.
Lanong further said the Sports department was trying level best to improve the over all sports scenario in the State despite financial constraints.
“We know there are hidden talents in the rural areas of the State but how can we go with empty hands,” he added while addressing the gathering. Meanwhile, many sportspersons who brought laurels to the State by wining in different disciplines at regional and national levels were also felicitated on the occasion and monetary contributions were also given to the deserving sportspersons.
The commissioner and secretary of Sports and Youth department DP Wahlang besides other officials of the state sports and Youth Affairs department were also present on the occasion.