Sports Achievers of Meghalaya Games 2024 and Khelo India Youth Games 2024 were today felicitated at a function that was held at U Soso Tham Auditorium here.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Health & Family Welfare Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh and Minister, Sports & Youth Affairs, Shakliar Warjri were present on the occasion.
Speaking during the felicitation function, the Chief Minister said that the achievements and the laurels brought to the state needs to be celebrated. “This week is an important week and throughout the week we will be celebrating our youth in Sports, Entrepreneurship, Music and every activity we are having this week is connected to the youth,” he said.
He further informed that the idea of felicitating and recognising the achievements of the youth is to project them as “Icons and Motivators” for others. “I want to tell the youth who are here today that you have an important and a responsible role and it is not just about winning a medal or getting an award but becoming exemplary and role models,” he said.
The Chief Minister also expressed gratitude to the Meghalaya State Olympic Association, the different sports associations and the Sports department for their contribution towards the success of the Meghalaya Games. “There were challenges but every year we are ensuring that the games become better and we overcome the challenges,” he added.
Congratulating the state football team that had won the cup in the Khelo India Youth Games the Chief Minister said that the team has made the State proud and added, “They have come out as champions and this only goes to show the kind of talent that we have and what we can achieve if we are focused and determined,” he concluded.
Warjri reminded the athletes to use the cash award wisely to further their skill and talent in the Sports they have excelled in. “We as a government acknowledge your hard work that you have put in to win the medal but this is not the end, aim to achieve greater heights because you are the future of our state,” he said.
Later the dignitaries distributed cash awards to medal winners in different disciplines.