COVID Pandemic: Will Meghalaya get a chance to host National Games 2022? Only time will tell …

COVID Pandemic: Will Meghalaya get a chance to host National Games 2022? Only time will tell …

Shillong, May 19:

The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed impacted not just the health of citizens but also the implementation of several important projects in the state like infrastructural set ups for National Games 2022.

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today said that the State Government will make all possible efforts to see that the work for the development of various infrastructures for the National Games 2022 will be allotted within 45 days' time.

"We are going to ensure that the various infrastructural projects for the National Games will be completed within the stipulated time period. All the necessary formalities for National Games 2022 will hopefully finish within a month's time. The work will be allotted in a month's or 45 days' time," Sangma told reporters here today.

Pointing out that sporting events will be a big challenge in view of the prevailing situation, he said that they are not very sure how sports will be organised in the future.

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"The final call of holding the National Games will not be decided by us but it will be decided at the national level. We will have to wait for the Indian Olympic association and the Centre to decide if the National Games will be held in 2022," he added.

Sangma said that he is hopeful that they will be able to facilitate the implementation of the various sports infrastructures for the games adding that the state government is also making sure that all health protocols are maintained in the construction work.

Meghalaya Chief Minister also informed that the State government had resumed the construction work under strict protocols to allow economic activity in the State to resume.

Admitting that there has been a lot of challenges when it comes to implementation of social projects, developmental schemes, and other infrastructural projects, Meghalaya Chief Minister, however, said that the Government's priority, at the moment, is the fight against the pandemic adding that even the Centre is focusing on the health issues especially in mitigating the spread of the virus.

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