Guwahati: Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary on Saturday called for the promotion of indigenous sports so that they can gain recognition in the international arena.
He also underlined the role of the media in popularizing indigenous sports and promoting athletes so that they can use proper training facilities and other benefits from authorities, clubs or other organizations.
At the inauguration of the annual celebration of the centenary of sports journalism in the state, Daimary said: The indigenous sports are rooted and connected to the people of a particular area. There is a greater need to promote and popularize these.
He claimed that with the right thrust, many such disciplines have the potential to not only gain international recognition but also be included in the Olympics.
Daimary cited the example of the traditional sport of the Bodo tribe, Khomlainai (wrestling), which has attracted interest from several countries.
There are already about 10-12 countries participating in this sport and international tournaments are held there. Kokrajhar had also hosted an international championship a few years ago, he said.
The Bodo leader added that it was only a sporting event where Bodo language is used on the ground during international-level matches.
There are so many indigenous sports that can attract international participation. We simply need more publicity for that and sports journalists play a crucial role in this, according to the Speaker.
Daimary also emphasized the role of sports journalists to highlight talented players and ensure that deserving players can take advantage of facilities intended for them.
He said: Very often our players have limited or no resources to continue their training and sports due to lack of facilities. There are now also government schemes for deserving and aspiring athletes and the media can play a vital role in raising awareness about this.
The BJP leader said sports associations and clubs also play an important role in ensuring that the players receive proper training facilities, exposure and other benefits.
Several state sports journalists were congratulated and a souvenir was released at the inaugural ceremony, which was also attended by Monalisa Barua Mehta, the first female athlete to receive the Arjuna Award from the Northeast region, Olympian Anuradha Biswal and former national table tennis champion Kamlesh, among others. mehta.
Sports journalism in the state entered its 100th year on July 1, and the program kick-started the annual celebrations planned by Assam Sports Journalists Association.
The first sports news in the state had appeared in a newspaper called Asomiya’ on July 1, 1923, about a three-day football competition in Sivasagar district.
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