Guwahati: Assam government inked a MoU with Abhinav Futuristics private limited, Oil India Limited and Numaligarh Refinery Limited for establishment of two high performance sports training and rehabilitation centres in Guwahati and Jorhat at a function held in the city on Thursday in presence of State chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The sports and youth welfare director Nibedan Das Patowary signed the MoU on behalf of the State government and Olympian Abhinav Bindra signed the same on behalf of the AF pvt limited for the high-performance sports training and rehabilitation centre in Guwahati. Similarly OIL’s chief general manager Ranjan Goswami signed it for the company and NRL’s CGM (HR) Kajal Saikia signed on behalf of his organisation for establishing the centre in Jorhat.
Each centre will be established at a projected cost of Rs 23.78 crores with an additional operational maintenance cost of approximately Rs 2.49 crores. The State government will fund the expenses of the Guwahati centre, while OIL and NRL will contribute their CSR towards the Jorhat one.
CM Sarma commented that both the centres will bring about qualitative improvement in the sporting landscape of Assam. He also said that physical fitness of the youth is an important aspect of showing high performance in sports. Exuding confidence over the outcome of the sports training centres, Sarma stated that all the local athletes should come forward to take help from these centres to enhance their competence, set their standards and contribute to the excellence of sports.
Sarma, in presence of State cultural minister Bimal Bora, OIL CMD Ranjit Rath, NRL MD Bhaskar Jyoti Phukan and other dignitaries, also felicitated Lovlina Borgohain for her stupendous feat in winning the gold medal in 75kg category at Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023, held in New Delhi recently.