A Case of Talent and Play: Sports Development in Assam
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Talent and capabilities of youth of Assam has never been second to none: It was a cumulative effect of lack of infrastructure, exposure and guidance that let the talents of many go unrecognised, and undiscovered.
But that now is gradually changing, for contemporaneously, Assam is becoming home to many more world-famous sportsperson; excelling verily at what they do.
After bearing an almost decade-long drought in witnessing sporting action, the region is participating vociferously in any that is coming its way. After the National Games in 2007, sports took nine years to find its way back to the Northeast and it is coming strong. The region is becoming extremely serious in terms of its structural challenges, its coaching problems and most importantly the obstacles in terms of getting not just any exposure but the right kind of exposure to the region.
Since Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam he took it as a challenge to make Assam the national sports capital of India. Mr. Sonowal was found as saying, “We began a journey to make Assam a global sports hub with the South Asian Games. Every championship will take us closer to that goal.” And this has meant an invigorated outlook of the people and the state collectively to sports. For it is true, now with Hima Das, Jayanta Talukdar, we realise that if talent can be properly harnessed, the North East can produce more sportspersons who can represent the nation at world events. Assam and the North East have so much of raw talent that goes unnoticed and several budding sportspersons end up at the district and state level.
Being an ultimate as a powerhouse of talent, the region is being accorded top priority by the government now and it is about time that it is done. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed every ministry to accord priority to developmental schemes in the North East because India cannot progress without adequate progress in the North-East region. The Sports Ministry is culminating its efforts along with the Human Resource Development Ministry to try and to integrate sports with education for the all-round development of the children.
This sheds much light into the State and the harboured talents of the people, and the only way it could go from here is ahead.