The Mizoram cabinet has granted industry status to sports, an initiative aimed at creating jobs.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga said his National Mizo Front government was monitoring sports policy in many countries for approval at a cabinet meeting on Friday.
“We are looking to invest more in sport for job creation and increased value. The status of the industry should help us meet the demands of athletes and other players in the sector, ”he said.
Sports Minister Robert Romawia Royte said the Sports and Youth Services Department advised the state government to grant the status.
“Sports investors and promoters will benefit, but athletes will be the ultimate beneficiaries,” he said, adding that the statute would ensure the sustainability, proper registration and management of sports.
“The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other industrial organizations have expressed interest in our approach. Sport and its infrastructure will be able to benefit from grants, loans and aid from private and government sources, ”said Mr. Royte.
Mizoram has a group of footballers playing for prominent clubs across the country. The state has also performed well in hockey and weightlifting in recent years.