After athletes point out poor facilities at Meghalaya 2022 Games, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma takes action

After social media posts of dirty bathrooms, leaking roofs and unsanitary conditions of accommodation facilities for participants of the ongoing Meghalaya 2022 Games were sent to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya by the athletes to point out the mismanagement, CM Conrad Sangma visited the facilities to take stock of things and ordered the athletes to be moved to a hotel for better facilities.

“After receiving photographs of the poor condition of our athletes’ accommodation at Shillong for the Meghalaya Games, I personally inspected the site to take stock of the situation. Very sad to see the arrangements made. I have strictly ordered officials to take immediate action,” the CM said.

Most of the athletes, while expressing their concerns to the CM, recounted their ordeal with unsanitary toilets and washrooms with no water supply. They also pointed out that the male and female participants were housed in the same accommodation in Shillong. Athletes and their support staff attending the Games had also taken to social media to point out the “pathetic” conditions at the venues.

“The boys messaged me directly and expressed their apathy. I immediately ordered that they be moved to the hotel. I am not happy with the arrangement. It is not good at all. Things should have been well arranged before,” the CM added.

Sangma also visited the Meghalaya Games 2022 venues in Shillong to get an update on the arrangements. Meanwhile, the Games Organizing Committee has refuted claims that athletes were using ‘unlicensed toilets’ which are being refurbished, instead of using the ‘clean’ bio toilets.

“Before the games, during an inspection with the field officer of JNS – Organizing Committee – decided not to use this defective toilet which has not been used for a long time and is likely to be demolished in part of the current renovation,” said Co-Chairman of Meghalaya 2022 Games Organizing Committee, John F Kharshiing Lu.

The 4th edition of Meghalaya Games 2022 is underway as part of the 50th State Day celebrations at various sports facilities in Shillong. In total, more than 2,500 athletes from 19 different disciplines take part in the event. The Games will end on April 7.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) center at NEHU hosts seven disciplines – archery, athletics, men’s football, gymnastics, weightlifting, karate and table tennis. NEIGRIHMS will host basketball events and the Mawlai Mawroh Indoor Hall will feature boxing. Mawlai Madan Heh will host the women’s football through to the semi-finals, with the medal matches taking place at SAI. Golf will take place at the iconic Shillong Golf Course. Golf is one of the five disciplines that have been added to this edition of the Games, the others being football, gymnastics, weightlifting and cycling.

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Richard F. Gandhi