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Meghalaya signs 'Host City Contract' to host National Games

Shillong, Jan 3 (UNI) Meghalaya on Wednesday signed the 'Host City Contract' for hosting the 39th National Games 2022, which will also coincides with this mountainous state celebrating its 50th statehood day.
The tripartite contract was signed between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Meghalaya government and the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) at a simple function held here.
Additional Chief Secretary Peter W.Ingty represented the Meghalaya government, while the IOA was represented by its Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and MSOA by its working president John F Kharshiing.
The Meghalaya government also handed over a cheque of Rs 4.5 crore to the IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta by Urban Affairs Minister Ronnie V. Lyngdoh as bid money for the games.
Mr Mehta termed the signing of the contract as a golden day for the state of Meghalaya for taking its first step towards hosting the 39th National Games 2022.
He said the games will open up opportunities for the North East region to showcase itself to the rest of the country.
Meghalaya government’s bid to host the National Games was made after the state successfully co-hosted the South Asian Games last year following which it placed successfully bid with the Indian Olympic Association to host the 39th National Games.
MSOA working president John F Kharshiing said from today the clock will start ticking.
“We have a busy agenda ahead of us towards the XXXIX National Games 2022,” he said while highlighting the crucial role of the chief minister Mukul Sangma and his cabinet colleagues.
“His (Mukul) unwavering commitment and sheer boundless energy, made the difference. His vision was always that with the National Games as a catalyst, we can transform the State,” he said.
Mr. Kharshiing said that they hope to see the legacy of the National Games transforming Meghalaya, the poorest segment of the population will benefit the most from this transformation. Meghalaya will transform in different ways.
He said the National Games venues could be transformed into public parks and recreational areas for the local population after the Games, further the Games will make a difference in the lives of many young people.
State sports director Matsiewdor W Nongbri said the masterplan of the 39th National Games will be submitted by January 2019.
She said a Working Group, headed by Sports Minister Zenith Sangma, has already been formed apart from a Land Bank Committee and Team Preparation Committee.
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