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Inauguration of 8th Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Badminton Tournament and 14th Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Football Tournament.

Publish Date : 08/11/2021

Roing, Nov 6: Minister (Sports & Youth Affairs and Environment & Forests) Mama Natung today inaugurated the 8th Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Badminton Tournament and also kicked off the 14th Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Football Tournament at Roing, Lower Dibang Valley district. Present during the occasion were MLA Gum Tayeng, MLA Mopi Mihu, MLA Mutchu Mithi, Former CM Mukut Mithi, Secretary (Sports & Youth Affairs) Anirudh S. Singh, Secretary(Badminton Association of India) Ajay Kumar Singhania, Secretary (Badminton Association of AP) Bamang Tago, Deputy Commissioner K. N. Damo, SP J. K. Lego, heads of departments, sportspersons and public of the place.

Minister Mama Natung, addressing the players of the 8th Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Badminton Tournament, advised them to take up sports seriously, work hard, persevere and excell in it to bring name and fame for the state. He further stated that the youth should be mentally prepared and cultivate the mindset to excel in the sports they pursue and keep away from drugs and other intoxicants. Stating that the youth are the backbone of the state, he put forward the message ‘Drugs Chodo, Khel Jodo’ for the youngsters to take up.

Speaking at the 14th Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Football Tournament the Minister paid homage to and appreciated the efforts of Late Naba Ita Pulu in taking the community forward. He also appreciated the youth and organising committee of the tournament for remembering and commemorating the ideas of the pioneer.

The state is a young state and our youth are not behind in any field of development. We have to work together to take the state forward and take it to new heights, stated Mama Natung. He also spoke on the need to protect the wildlife and save our environment and forests by shooting ‘with a camera instead of guns’ and surrendering guns, air guns and rifles.

MLA Mutchu Mithi spoke on the importance of sports as it provides an identity, improves economic status and provides hope and encouragement to people in the villages at a chance to represent the state and the country in the field of sports. Ajay Kumar Singhania, Bamang Tago and DC K. N. Damo also spoke on the occasion.

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