The CM of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma, is widely known for his love for sports. He had kept the Sport Ministry directly under himself and has utilized every opportunity for the wellbeing of the state. He has already shown a lot of interest in championing all kinds of sports in the state, but his aim has been to promote football and make Meghalaya the most football pedestal in India. He is hopeful that one day in the future, the Indian Football team would compete in the FIFA World Cup and the team would have players from Meghalaya in huge numbers.
A new center, the Grassroots Football Centre at Ampati was inaugurated in South West Garo Hills and it is sure to boost the confidence of young football players in the state. At the inaugural speech he said that the people of Meghalaya had the inherent strength to play the game and their passion for the sport made them deeply connect with it. He stressed that the Government was gearing up to provide state of the art facilities for the players and the infrastructure for the game in the state was being completely overhauled.
He also felt that engaging in some kind of sports was a good way for the youngsters to relieve their mind of stress and that it was a good way to promote health and develop a strong mind, which would go a long way in building the community as a whole. On the occasion of the inauguration of the center, a match was played between Bhaichung Bhutia’s Royal Sikkim United Football Club and Garo Hills XI, which ended 1-1. The Royal United Sikkim FC is on a tour of the Northeast and will be playing their second match with Shillong Lajong as well.
The state has already invested quite a large sum in preparing the groundwork for the rise of football in the state. Already stadiums have been commissioned and trainers and coaches are being given the best possible infrastructure so that the young footballers can receive world class training without having to relocate.