On Tuesday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal assured actor John Abraham support from the government. Abraham, who is also the proprietor of ISL franchise North East United FC (NEUFC) will receive support for setting up a world class football academy in Guwahati. The proposal for the same was extended to the state government by John who had invited the CM to his residence on Tuesday morning.
Sonowal informed the NEUFC proprietor that the state government has accorded top priority to development of sports in Assam. “We are resolutely working to make Guwahati the sports capital of the country. Our government has given priority to strengthening sports infrastructure and organising international sports events to boost this claim."
He also said that the football academy proposed to be set up by John Abraham would immensely help the aspiring footballers of the state and the government would provide all support and land for setting up the academy.
Sonowal further said that the government has taken up initiatives to identify the talents and improve their skills and has urged Abraham to take forward Assam government’s effort to strengthen ties with the ASEAN countries through sports.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the steps taken up by the state government for implementation of Act East Policy to boost trade and commerce and cultural relations with the south-east Asian countries so that Guwahati can emerge as India’s gateway to that region.
John Abraham while expressing his keen desire to set up a football academy in Guwahati also assured that he would take all necessary steps to ensure participation of players from ASEAN countries in sports activities in Guwahati next year.