DIMAPUR, Oct 14: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said his government will come out with a sports policy wherein various sporting disciplines suitable to the state youth will be identified and promoted.
"Even though Nagaland is second senior-most state after Assam in the North-East, the Nagaland Olympic Association could get affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association in 2004, 41 years after the statehood," Rio said.
He recalled that it was Dr T. Ao, a renowned Naga, who captained Indian football team in the 1948.
Rio was speaking at the closing function of the NE-Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship organized by the Nagaland Badminton Association (NBA) at the Dimapur District Badminton Association indoor stadium at Dimapur, the main commercial district of Nagaland.
Highlighting the fact that the northeastern region has huge talents and potential, Rio said that there is a lack in adequate infrastructure and training facilities due to which the potential of the youth could not be explored fully.
"Sports brings people together and so we should learn from one another and help each other so that we can build a good image. We should make the state, the North-East and India proud," he added. - IANS