GUWAHATI, Dec 13 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi launched the Logo and Mascot of the 12th South Asian Games to be held in Guwahati and Shillong from February 6 to 16 at a function at the ITA Machkhowa here today. The South Asian Games being held in Assam and Meghalaya for the first time will witness participation from eight countries in 23 different events.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Gogoi said that the games being organised for the first time in the region will be held in the beautiful and unique landscape of the North East and it would be a treat to the sportspersons of different countries. He also said, �North East is full of diversities and we need to strengthen these diversities by promoting unity and South East Games would be the right platform to promote unity among South Asian Countries�. He also said that the State Government would do everything possible for making the South Asian Games a grand success.
Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said North East bears the testimony of being culturally rich and hospitable and these would go a long way in making the South Asian Games a success. Meghalaya Sports Minister Zenith Sangma also spoke on the occasion.
Agriculture Minister Rakibul Hussain, Sports Minister Ajit Singh, chief secretary VK Pipersenia, president, Indian Olympic Association N Ramachandran, secretary, Sports Govt of India Rajib Yadav among others were present on the occasion, stated a press release.