Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, on February 5, honoured the sports achievers of the Meghalaya Games 2024 and Khelo India Youth Games 2024 during a felicitation function held at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong. The event was attended by Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Ampareen Lyngdoh, and Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs, Shakliar Warjri.
During the felicitation, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma extended congratulations to the achievers, emphasising the need to celebrate the achievements and laurels brought to the state. He highlighted the importance of the week-long celebration dedicated to youth in sports, entrepreneurship, music, and various other activities.
The Chief Minister aimed to project the youth as icons and motivators, stressing that their role extends beyond winning medals or receiving awards to becoming exemplary role models. “I want to tell the youth who are here today that you have an important and responsible role and it is not just about winning a medal or getting an award but becoming exemplary and role models,” he said.
Expressing gratitude to the MSOA, different sports associations, and the Sports department for their contributions to the success of the Meghalaya Games, Chief Minister Sangma acknowledged the challenges faced each year and the continuous efforts to improve the games. He specifically congratulated the Football Team for their victory in the Khelo India Youth Games, lauding them for making the state proud.
Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs, Shakliar Warjri, reminded the athletes to use the cash awards wisely to further enhance their skills and talents in their respective sports. He acknowledged the athletes’ hard work and underscored that winning medals is not the end but a stepping stone towards achieving greater heights for the future of the state.
“We as a government acknowledge the hard work that you have put in to win the medal but this is not the end, aim to achieve greater heights because you are the future of our state,” he said.
The function concluded with the distribution of cash awards to medal winners in different disciplines by the dignitaries.