As a curtain-raiser to the upcoming Mizoram State Games 2019, Pu Robert Romawia Royte, Minister of State, Sports & Youth Services, Tourism, I&CT called a Press Meet yesterday in his office chamber, where he also released the logo and mascot for the State Games. Mizoram’s state animal ‘Saza’ or ‘serow’ is to be the mascot for the 3rd State Games. Pu Robert Romawia Royte also briefed the press regarding the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup 2020 & Grand Festival to be held in Dawngzawl, Serchhip next year.

Speaking at length, Pu Robert Romawia said that as the State Games was going to be held after a gap of more than 30 years, there was an all-out effort on part of the government and the nodal Department of Sports & Youth Services to ensure that it will be a milestone in Mizoram’s sports history. In order to make the Games fair and comprehensive, players from the 40 MLA Constituencies in state will compete in 32 different sport disciplines. Their identities will be cross-checked against their EPIC or Aadhar cards, in order to avoid any duplication. For each sport discipline, only one contestant from each district will be accepted. 

However, the same contestant can take part in several disciplines if he or she desires; but there will be no special consideration while making the match schedules for the convenience of any player who might have opted to play under several disciplines, the Minister explained. The State Games is going to afford a lot of hidden talents from remote areas a good platform to display their skills, which will also make them easier to be spotted and further trained if necessary, he added.

The 3rd Mizoram State Games is slated to be held from 9th - 13th December in various sport venues in the capital Aizawl. There will be 32 sport disciplines in all, with 132 Men’s events and 88 Women’s events and altogether around 15120 players from the 40 Constituencies are expected to take part in the Games. Beisdes the State Level Games Committee, each Constituency has its own Committee headed by the respective MLA and the government has already sanctioned Rs.50,000/- as an advanceto all the Committees for their ongoing preparation. The Minister also added that Rs.150 lakhs had been earmarked for the State Games. The Directorate of Sports & Youth Services has opened up a Mizoram State Games Office, which will serve as a Q&A Desk for all queries about the Games and the main contact person is : Pu Zothanmawia, Director, S&YS (Mob-9436145009/Ofc-0389-2325263)

Mizoram State GamesDuring the Press Meet, the Sports Minister Pu Robert Romawia Royte also spoke about the  much-awaited ‘Paragliding Accuracy World Cup 2020 & Grand Festival’ which is likely to be held from 10th-16th February, 2020 in Dawngzawl, Serchhip. Serchhip had successfully hosted a Pre-World Cup Paragliding event last year, following which, the Paragliding World Cup Association had sent technical experts several times to study the location at Serchhip and confirmed it as one of the best sites for paragliding in terms of topography and wind speed. About 130 of the best paragliders and 20 officials from different parts of the world are expected to come together for the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup, 2020. 

The MoS Pu Robert Romawia Royte said that as this event was going to attract a lot of tourists from within and outside the country, the Tourism Department, which also comes under him, will organise a ‘Grand Festival’ side-by-side, offering entertainment as well as ethnic delights to showcase Mizoram to the world. ~DIPR

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