Abu Metha addresses national sports conclave
Olympians, corporate representatives & officials participated
NEW DELHI, March 28 2023: Advisor to Chief Minister, Nagaland and Associate Vice President of the Athletics Federation of India, Abu Metha was invited to speak at the 1st Sportstar National Sports Conclave in New Delhi. The conclave was organised by India’s only sports periodical magazine The Sportstar and The Hindu.
The keynote address of the Conclave was delivered by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, and Youth Affairs & Sports.
Other participants included current and former Olympians, corporate representatives, and officials of the Government of India sports administrators. World champions Nikhat Zareen, Marabai Chanu, Sarita Devi, cricketer Harbhajan Singh, Presidents of national federation of Athletics and Football Adille Sumariwala and Kalyan Chaubey and current sportspersons Rani Rampal and senior journalists and sports writers were some of the other participants at the conclave.
Abu Metha in his addresses called for a change of narrative towards the northeastern states in the field of sports and games. He said that the Government of India must make more investments in sports in the region in the fields of infrastructure, Human Resource and development programmes for sportspersons.
“The northeast is a talent bank of sports for the country and the fact that people of the region are naturally athletic does not need elaboration” he said, adding that sports and games is a way of life for the northeastern people. Everywhere you go, you will find people, young and old, playing different sports, but unfortunately the lack of good infrastructure, quality Human Resource and an eco-system of sporting development were the hurdles restricting the youth from performing better.