GUWAHATI: The gold medal winners from Assam in Khelo India Youth Games will receive a reward of Rs 100,000 from the state government. The silver and bronze winners will be paid Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.
Addressing media persons in Guwahati today, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced the decision to provide incentives to the sports persons of the state who would bag medals in the event.
Chief minister Sonowal stressed that the objective was to inspire youngsters to take up sports as a career.
CM said that the focus of the state government was towards making Guwahati the sports capital of the country. He pointed out the successful conduct of the National Games, South Asian Games, Under-17 Football World Cup and the World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship to emphasise the efficiency of the people of Assam in not only being front runners as athletes but also as hosts.
CM Sonowal mentioned that 500 playgrounds are being modernised in the state. There are football and other sports events for people of the tea gardens. A talent hunt is being launched in Assam to identify 1,000 youngsters and provide them Rs 50,000 to take care of their sporting needs.