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Concern over lack of recognition to third position holders in Meghalaya Games

Shillong, May 7: There are concerns over third position holders not getting any recognition on time after competing in the just concluded  4th Meghalaya Games 2022.

A case in point is the athletes who came third in the 4×100 relay. They did not get medals and came home empty handed.

Similarly, others too had the similar experience.

Later, the winners were asked to collect medals from the office at Polo and they did on Saturday though they had expected to get the medals during the ceremony at the venue, on Friday.

Annoyed over this, a parent of the medal winner said, “We are dealing with youths, they wish to be recognised but they missed the medal ceremony , we have to be sensitive and they made sacrifice, missed classes to participate in the Games, so they should be encouraged.

She added that the third category of medal winners was neglected by the organisers as they said they were busy with the closing ceremony on Friday.

Earlier, when contacted, the working president of Meghalaya State Olympic Association, John Kharshiing said that the matter is being sorted out and medals will be given to them.

However, a participant said that recognition should have been given to those who came third at the venue itself instead of asking them to collect the medals a day after the event.

Earlier, the organisers had faced criticism for various shortcomings in the arrangements for the Games. The problems ranged from lack of proper accommodation and late arrival of food at the venue.

700 medals distributed 
In the Games concluded on Friday, over 700 medals were distributed to those participated  in the various individual and team events.
Chief Secretary Rebecca Suchiang, who was the chief guest, had asked the parents to encourage children to take part in sports.
She also handed over prizes for the overall winners in the athletics events- Shillong Sports Association for East Khasi Hills in male category and Nongstoin District Sports Association for West Khasi Hills in the women’s. West Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi were the runners-up in men’s and women’s respectively.
Earlier, Kharshiing said the Games started with just nine disciplines in 2001 and 12 in 2004 and then was not held for 16 years – until 2020 – when the state government decided to revive the statewide event. The Games grew to 14 disciplines in 2020 and now 19, with many more sports associations wanting to be included next year.
A letter of appreciation and praise from the Indian Olympic Association president Narinder D Batra, was read out and he hoped this will help Meghalaya prepare to host the 39th National Games.
Similar messages came from Dr Lalit Bhanot, President, South Asian Athletics Federation and Kalikesh Singh Deo, Senior Vice President,
National Rifle Association of India.
Photo caption : Chief Secretary Rebecca  Suchiang, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs WAM Booth, MSOA senior members with athletes from West Khasi Hills who emerged  overall champions of the women’s athletics events, at the closing ceremony of the 4th Meghalaya Games 2022 at the SAI Indoor Training Hall in Shillong on Friday.

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