Sports Reporter GUWAHATI, May 19 - Ace boxer Shiva Thapa and promising archer Promila Diamary were today honoured by the United Brothers Club (UBC) with the UBC Sports Awards, 2016.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal handing over the cheque of Rs 1 lakh to Arjuna Awardee and Olympian boxer Shiva Thapa, in Guwahati, on Friday. – UB Photos
Shiva was conferred the Best Sportsperson Award, while Promila received the Most Promising Sportsperson Award. Along with other gifts and a citation, Shiva was presented a cheque of Rs 1 lakh in memory of social worker Habibon Nesa. Promila received a cash award of Rs 50,000 which was donated by Akon Saikia in memory of Putul Saikia of Biswanath Chariali.
Along with Shiva and Promila, Jayanta Boro, president of the Assam Archery Association, Hemanta Kumar Kalita, secretary of the Assam Amateur Boxing Association (both with Best Sports Organiser Award), veteran journalist Premadhar Sharma (Sports Journalist), Nafisa Sadiq (rowing), Swapnapriya Baruah (weightlifting), Supriya Gogoi (kho-kho), Hasina Begum (kabaddi), Rakesh Banik (para-cyclist), Rajnish Goswami (iron man) were honoured by the organisers for the contributions in their respective events.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was present on the occasion as chief guest. Sonowal, speaking on the occasion, said he wants to make Guwahati as the sports capital of the country not only by organising international events like
U-17 World Cup Football, World Youth Women Boxing Championship, Himalayan Games but also by setting up sports infrastructure in all the villages of the State.
“I believe, through sports ideal and peaceful environment can be created and the industrialists and guardians should encourage the youths for taking sports seriously,” Sonowal said. He also praised the noble cause of para-cyclist Rakesh, who will undertake a cycling mission from Singapore to Guwahati to generate awareness on the message – ‘Save Rhino’. Sonowal said the State Government would help Rakesh in his mission.
State Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, who was also present in the function, lauded the efforts of UBC which is encouraging sports persons across the region. He also requested the Chief Minister to appoint an independent minister for sports for its development in the State. Goswami also announced an amount of Rs 50,000 for archer Promila.
Shiva praised the organisers for their efforts and said such activities always motivate the sportspersons to work hard.
Chief Minister’s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami, Guwahati East MLA Siddhartha Bhattacharya along with a host of sports persons were present in the award function held at NEDFi Haat in the city.