GUWAHATI, Aug 12 - The Directorate of Sports and Assam Olympic Association (AOA) jointly felicitated the medal winners in the 35th National Games held in Kerala and the runners up Assam team of the 6th Dr T Ao Football Tournament in the Award Giving Function held here at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra here today.
Altogether nine sports persons won gold medals in the National Games that includes six individuals and three teams. Three individuals and two teams won silver medals and six individuals and five teams bagged bronze medals.
Attending the function as the chief guest, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the State Government will always work for the development of sports and games. Louding the performance of the athletes in the last National Games, Gogoi said as the State Government had set up adequate infrastructure during the 2007 National Games, Assam has been able to produce some quality sportspersons. He also appealed the youths to take advantage of the Government schemes and work hard for developing their sporting skills.
Minister Rakibul Hussain, who is also the secretary general of the Assam Olympic Association, praising the Chief Minister for creating sports infrastructure said, now Assam has quality infrastructure which came up due to keen interest taken by the Chief Minister. He also revealed that now infrastructure will be created in the rural areas as most of the sportspersons are from the villages.
Sports Minister Ajit Singh also haild the Chief Minister for enhancing the sports budget. MLA Debabrata Saikia, who is the member secretary of the State Level Advisory Committee for Students and Youth Welfare, explained about their plans for supporting the youths of the State.
The Commissioner and Secretary, Sports, Ajai Tiwari explained about the schemes of the department. Director of Sports Anjan Sarma was also present on the occasion.
The gold medal winners were awarded Rs 5 lakh each while the silver and bronze medal winners became richer by Rs 3 and Rs 2 respectively. The AOA presented Rs 1 lakh each to the gold medallists.
The medal winners are: (Gold) (ind) Papul Changmai, (ind) Jameer Hussain, (ind) Nayanmoni Saikia, (team) Ruptu Gogoi, Mridul Bora, (team) Parismita Gogoi, Tania Choudhury, Nayanmoni Saikia, (ind) Monika Barua, (ind) Sanju Boro, (ind) Rekha Rani Gogoi, (team) Gohela Boro, Kamini Boro, Anima Basumatary, Binuma Brahma. (Silver) (ind) Sabita Ramchiary, (ind) Th Kabita Devi, (team) Tania Choudhury, Bangita Hazarika, Pansmita Gogoi, Ananya Saikia, (ind) Satbir Kaur Saini, (team) Sanjay Boro, Dhani Ram Basumatary, Rajib Basumatary, Mukesh Boro. (Bronze) (ind) Mridul Bora, (team) Anand Harzary, Dipankar Sarma, Mridul Borgohain, (team) Ruptu Gogoi, Dipankar Sarma, Mridul Borgohain, Anand Narzary, (ind) Rodali Barua, (ind) Nafisa Sidiq, (ind) Padmoni Narzari, (ind) Alpana Boro, Ananya Banerjee, (team) Tanjina Parbin Khan, N Sandhya Rani Singh, N Priya Rani Devi, (ind) Binuma Brahma, (team) Gohela Boro, Mizing Basumatary, (ind) Arun Boro.