Assam has been conferred the “Best State Promoting Sports” title in the prestigious Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) India Sports Awards 2020. Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the “Best State Promoting Sports Award” for the unprecedented development being made in the state in the field of sports and the international sports facilities being provided to the players.
India qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after a long gap of 36 years. Half the players of the team that made India eligible to participate in the Olympics were players of Madhya Pradesh State Women’s Hockey Academy. Six women players from Madhya Pradesh represented the country at the Rio Olympics.
This award was given by the Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Yashodhara Raje Scindia in the online Virtual Award ceremony organized by FICCI.
Yet another milestone towards realising the vision of making Assam the Sports Capital of India. https://t.co/cJjiP4IOfZ
— MyGov Assam (@mygovassam) December 10, 2020
Onkar Kedia, Director General of Sports Authority of Assam, received the award on behalf of the state, mentioned some important achievements and steps taken for the promotion of sports by the state government in recent times including the successful organization of the Khelo India Youth Games, 2020.
He also spoke about a state-level athletics competition held here in October 2020 which was, probably, the first such competition organized anywhere in the country during the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation, construction of multipurpose sports complexes in Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur, and Kamrup districts, and scheme to construct 500 playgrounds in different parts of the state.
Alongside Assam, Madhya Pradesh has been declared as the joint winner. The jury of the awards was chaired by Justice (Retd.) Mukul Mudgal.
FICCI organized India’s First Virtual Global Sports & Fitness Exhibition on 8th and 9th December with an aim to bring both domestic and global buyers, sellers, and service providers from the sports & fitness sector in a unique commercial setting. In the exhibition, virtual booths have been set up where the participant organizations displayed their sports goods, brochures, details of schemes, etc.