Union sports minister Vijay Goel on June 28 concluded his 2-day visit to Mizoram. During his visit, he inspected various sports facilities and participated in programs promoting sports and youth development activities.

The Union minister was received by Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla and the volunteers from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.

“Mizoram has always given the best footballers and is one of the leading Indian states promoting football. The state government’s support towards football is yielding results; 8 players from the state in the Under 23 national side is a testament of the state’s sports culture,” the minister said.

During his visit, Goel also inspected the Sihmui cricket stadium. After an inspection of the facilities along with chief minister Lal Thanhawla, the sports minister interacted with the officials and suggested ways and means through which maximum utilization of the stadium could be done.

In his address to the students of NYKS, NSS, NCC and SAI trainees, Goel announced that a football academy would be established within the premises of Mizoram Football Academy at Sairang. He urged them to utilize their knowledge and skills for new India and an overall nation building.

On the second day of his visit, Goel was the chief guest at an event organized by Mission 11 Million; a legacy campaign of FIFA which targets to introduce 11 million children to football and active sports. Goel also met governor Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma.

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