Sonowal meets players and officials of Assam Olympic Association:

Guwahati, April 26: Assam CM meets players of Assam Olympic Association. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that, because of COVID 19 pandemic and its repercussions in the field of sports, though several national and international sports events have been either postponed or canceled, sportspersons of Assam should continue their practices to keep them motivated even during the lockdown.

Chairing a meeting with the office-bearers of the Assam Olympic Association (AOA) and some of the promising players at Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati on Saturday, Sonowal sharing his words of wisdom asked the players of the state to remain focused and continue their practices to keep them in good stead.

“Like in most parts of the world, though the apocalypse in the form of novel coronavirus has had its impact in Assam as well, resulting in lockdown to contain and control the progression of the viral infection, the promising sportspersons should take the time to introspect their past performances and focus on their future with right kind of commitment and motivation,” Sonowal said.

The Assam Chief Minister also said that for a sportsperson, physical fitness is one of the most vital requirements to excel in his or her vocation. He, therefore, urged upon the players not to be bogged down by the pandemic and use the time to upkeep their physical fitness following all norms of social distancing.

Sonowal who is also the President of the Assam Olympic Association asked the office bearers of the Association to give the right kind of facilities to the players to help them keep their tempo going.

Assam CM meets players of Assam Olympic Association
Assam CM meets players of Assam Olympic Association

He said that during the lockdown period he took out his time to have a telephonic conversation with the office bearers of the sports associations at the district levels and asked them to keep themselves focused and help the players of their respective districts after the lockdown.

“State government would render all possible help to different sports bodies to enable them to follow their fixtures during the post lockdown period,” Sonowal said.

The office-bearers of AOA during the meeting expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having imposed the lockdown to fight against novel coronavirus.

They also said that they on their part along with the sportspersons did their best in creating awareness among the public to adhere to the norms of lockdown. The players also apprised the Chief Minister as to how they continued their practice keeping themselves inside and following the lockdown protocols.

Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Hrishikesh Goswami, his Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, Secretary Assam Olympic Association Lakhya Konwar, journalist Pranay Bordoloi, other office bearers of AOA, sportspersons like Shivangi Sharma, Tanaya Choudhury, Upasa Talukdar, Kempy Bodo, Jyotirman Bora, Ayan Rashid and Pragynan Medhi were present at the meeting.