Olympic fever grips Meghalaya; Sports Minister takes cycle ride from Secretariat to cheer for India


While Eight Olympians from Northeast India are representing the country proudly at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, everyone in Northeast are cheering for them.

The Sports loving state ‘Meghalaya’ leaves no stone unturn to cheer for not only the eight representatives of the Northeast but all the 127 Athletes who represents the country.

Cheering for India, Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh on Thursday took a cycle ride from the main secretariat to Khyndai-Lad where he inaugurated the selfie stand of the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) and Department of Sports & Youth Affairs.

The purpose of the selfie stand was to urge the citizens of the state to join the country in  ” I  #Cheer4India”  and its 127 Indian olympic athletes competing among the best in 18 disciplines and to allow youths, athletes, citizens of Meghalaya to express their support for the @WeAreTeamIndia through the selfie stands.

Lyngdoh was accompanied by Working President of Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA), John F Kharshiing, general secretary Chiranjib Choudhury and officials of the Meghalaya State Cycle Association.

Speaking to media persons, Lyngdoh said, “We are here to inaugurate the selfie stand as a mark to support the team India so that they bring medals for the nation.”

It may be mentioned that altogether eight Olympians from Northeast are representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Manipur has sent maximum of  five athletes , While one each from Assam, Mizoram and Sikkim, are representing India at Tokyo.

Manipur’s P Sushila Chanu (hockey), Nilakanta Sharma (hockey), Shushila Likmabam (judo), MC Mary Kom (boxing) and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting) will compete at the Tokyo Olympics, which starts from July 23.

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain is from Assam, hockey star Lalremsiami is from Mizoram and Tarundeep Rai from Sikkim will also participate in the Olympics from the region.