Basketball at the Meghalaya Games 2022, which will begin tomorrow, will be played on a “world class” court at NEIGRIHMS.
Basketball is one of 19 disciplines being conducted during the fourth edition of the Games. Last time, in 2020, it was held at the JN Sports Complex but with extensive renovations to infrastructure going on there right now, all the sporting activities have been moved to other venues.
At the initiative of the NEIGRIHMS director and sports committee, plenty of activity has been going on over the last few days to make the court at the hospital of world class standard, Prof C Daniala said today.
Some of the highlights of the court are new fiberglass boards and frames weighing 73kg, state of the art electronic scoreboard, electronic shot clock, referees consoles, etc.
The scoreboard is internet enabled and can be controlled through an app on a mobile phone or referee’s console.
A new three-point line and other lines on the court were drawn by hospital painters “with great accuracy,” Daniala said.
Four concrete staircases that were too close to the playing area were removed by the civil engineering department on safety grounds, while the same department also repainted the stadium’s insides to give it “an international look”.
New floodlights also ensure that the action can be viewed adequately, both by spectators and through video as well as through photographs.
The basketball events begin on Monday at 10am. They will run until May 5. The Meghalaya Games will conclude the following day.