SHILLONG, Jan 03: There are high stakes involved for Meghalaya which will be hosting the 39th national Games in 2022 as was revealed during the tripartite contract signing for the event between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) and the state government of Meghalaya at a function held at the Main Secretariat here in the city on Thursday.
Speaking at the sidelines of the contract signing, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said “It is better (for the government) to fulfil all the things before one year of the commencement of the game. Everything should be finished by 2021. I don’t want to change (this timeline).”
“In case the state government fails to complete within the timeline, Rs 2 crore per year is the penalty after the delay in hosting of the games,” he added.
Stating that there is no chance for shifting the games, Mehta also informed that out of the total budget for the national games, 30 per cent will be provided by the centre government and 70 per cent by the state government.
He further assured that the IOA is ready to provide all the technical support through its organizing committee required by the state government for the successful hosting of the national games.
Earlier in his speech, Mehta termed the signing of the contract as a golden day for the state of Meghalaya for taking its first step towards hosting the 39th National Games 2022.
According to him, the games will open up opportunities for the North East region to showcase itself to the rest of the country.
The contract was signed in the presence of Urban Affairs Minister, Ronnie V Lyngdoh who had to step in at the last minute as the chopper ferrying Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma could not land here due to inclement weather.
A cheque of Rs 4.5 crore was also handed over to the IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta by Lyngdoh as bid money for the games.
Delivering his address, Lyngdoh said sought the support and cooperation of all the stakeholders towards making the national games a memorable one.
On the other hand, MSOA working president John F Kharshiing said from today the clock will start ticking.
“We have a busy agenda ahead of us towards the XXXIX National Games 2022,” he said while highlighting the crucial role of the chief minister Mukul Sangma and the Cabinet Ministers.
“His unwavering commitment and sheer boundless energy, made the difference. His vision was always that with the National Games as a catalyst, we can transform the State,” Kharshiing said.
Kharshiing also expressed hope to see the National Games transforming Meghalaya where the poorest segment of the population will benefit the most from this transformation.
State Sports Director Matsiewdor W Nongbri meanwhile informed that the master-plan of the 39th National Games will be submitted by January 2019.
According to MSOA officials, the initial amount involved for hosting the National Games in 2022, which will coincides with the celebration of the 50th year of Meghalaya’s statehood, is estimated to be at Rs 2,000 crore.
However, the final budget proposal will be prepared by the chief secretary of the government of Meghalaya.