Shillong, Nov 11: After a gap of 13 years, Meghalaya Games will be back next month.
The games will be held tentatively from December 16 to 21 with around 2,500 athletes in
14 disciplines, which include, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, billiards & snookers, karate, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, wushu, and judo.
The Meghalaya Games 2019 is also part of the state’s preparations to select talented players to represent the state in the National Games in 2022.
The decision to hold the games was taken during a meeting of an organising committee for the Games.
The meeting was chaired by Meghalaya sports minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh at the state Secretariat on Monday evening.
Lyngdoh said that by organisng the Games, it will help the state select young talents from among the athletes who will participate in the 14 disciplines.
He said that the main venue for the games is the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Polo.
“Those selected for representing the state in the National Games including winners will be considered for undergoing further coaching,” he said.
The government will spend Rs 60 lakh to Rs 80 lakh for the Meghalaya Games.
However winners of various disciplines will not get cash, except medals, he added.