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City to have Olympic Bhawan

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is also the president of the Assam Olympic Association (AOA), lighting the ceremonial lamp before start of the AOA AGM in Guwahati, on Saturday.
 GUWAHATI, Nov 21: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who is also the president of the Assam Olympic Association (AOA) announced in the Annual General Meeting of the State Olympic body that the permanent building of the organisation will be set up in Guwahati. Presiding over the AGM, held at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium in the RG Baruah Sports Complex here today, Sonowal said that the Olympic Bhawan will accommodate separate offices for all the affiliated district associations. Sonowal said that the Assam Olympic Association should be looking forward to discovering more sports talents in Assam and even from far flung areas and should lend hands to hone their sporting talents and make the State a force to reckon with in the arena of sports.

 Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that Assam has a population of 3.5 crore and Assam Olympic Association should be on its toes to discover sporting talents to take Assam to the zenith of its sporting excellence. He also reiterated that village Olympics would be organised in the State to take sports to the grassroots level. He also said that efforts should be made to involve people of all age groups in sports. He said that teachers and parents should take the responsibility of helping the children to imbibe the love for sports. Sonowal on the occasion also released a newsletter and a website of Assam Olympic Association.

Around 200 representatives from 35 district and 31 State sports associations participated in the day-long meeting where several subjects were discussed. AOA secretary Lakhya Konwar submitted the audited report of the organisation which was accepted by the house.

Other subjects such as amendment of constitution, annual calendar, Goa National Games, Grassroot Olympics, among others were discussed in the meeting.

Ministers Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Pijush Hazarika, Rajya Sabha MP Bhubaneswar Kalita, Hockey India treasurer Tapan Kumar Das, Commissioner of Sports Moloy Borah and Director Dharma Kanta Mili were also present on the occasion. The second session of the meeting was presided over by AOA vice president Riruban Sarma.

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