Sports programme launched for Shillong jail inmates

Shillong, Mar 21: From prison to pride, a new initiative, will promote sports among the inmates of Shillong jail.

The initiative — a change programme by IndianOil in collaboration with the Government of India — was launched on Monday by IOC chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya in the presence of inspector general of prison M. Kharkhrang.


This national initiative is part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and it will help in training inmates in selected sports activities.

Speaking during the launch of ‘Parivartan prison to pride’ via video conference, Vaidya said the objective of this initiative was to help prison inmates build a better life and help inmates boost their self-esteem and confidence which in turn help them overcome the stigma associated with imprisonment.

“Parivartan prison to pride aims to reach out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable sections of the society… which will help add joy and health to the lives of all inmates,” he added.

The sporting disciplines include basketball, badminton, volleyball, chess, tennis, table tennis, kho-kho and carrom.

The initiative will engage as many as 75 inmates who will be trained in carrom board and volleyball with the launching of the coaching camps.

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