Assam: The Assam government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Oil India Limited (OIL), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), and Abhinav Futuristics Pvt Ltd to establish two high-performance sports training and rehabilitation centres in Guwahati and Jorhat.
The agreement was signed by Assam’s director of sports and youth development, Nibedan Das Patowary, and Olympian Abhinav Bindra (on behalf of Abhinav Futuristics Pvt Ltd).
Similarly, OIL chief general manager (HR) Ranjan Goswami and NRL CGM (HR) Kajal Saikia signed the MoU for OIL and NRL.
The Assam government inked an MOU with Abhinav Futuristics Pvt Ltd for the Guwahati centre, while the Assam government signed an MOU with OIL and NRL for the Jorhat high-performance sports training and rehabilitation centre.
In our continued thrust to build quality sports infrastructure in Assam, I had the pleasure to preside over an MoU signing ceremony to build High Performance Sports Training & Rehabilitation Centres in Guwahati and Jorhat.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 30, 2023
Each High-Performance Sports Training Centre is expected to cost Rs 23.78 crore, with an extra ongoing maintenance cost of around Rs 2.49 crore. The state government will cover the Guwahati center’s expenses, while Oil India Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd will provide CSR funding to the Jorhat centre.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma remarked during the MoU signing event that the high-performance sports training and rehabilitation centres are the latest additions to the state’s high-quality sports infrastructure.
Inking an MoU with the Government of Assam for setting up High-Performance Sports Training and Rehabilitation Centres, NRL is happy to be associated with the path-breaking initiative to promote sports & its greater endeavour of making Assam the sports capital of the country. pic.twitter.com/2SmhUZ1l9U
— Numaligarh Refinery (@NRL_MoPNG) March 30, 2023
The MoU is expected to have a cascading effect on the sports ecosystem of the state of Assam and would be a huge boost for identifying and nurturing sporting talents to reach their potential, creating many more shining stars.
According to Sarma, high-performance sports training centres would result in a qualitative improvement in the state’s sporting landscape.
Sarma also stated that youth physical health is a key part of performing well in sports. As a result, high-performance sports training and rehabilitation centres will go a long way towards accomplishing an important milestone in sports excellence.
During this time, the state government will develop its own competence in order to run these centres. Sarma expressed confidence in the success of the sports training centres, saying that all state athletes should come forward to seek assistance from these centres to improve their competence, set their standards, and contribute to sports excellence.