Sinlung /
25 June 2012

Mizoram To Have World Class Swimming Pool

Aizawl, Jun 25 : Mizoram would soon have an international standard swimming and diving pool to promote aquatic sports in the hilly state, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said today.

Addressing a Olympic Day rally at the Assam Rifles Ground here, the Chief Minister said world class swimming and diving pool, which only neighbouring Manipur and a few other states in India have, would be constructed at the aquatic complex at Lawibual on the eastern fringes of Aizawl.

He attributed the significant development to the initiatives of the energetic sports minister Zodintluanga.

The young Aquatics Association of Mizoram was overjoyed at the news.

"We have not dreamt of having such international standard swimming and diving pool even in our wildest imaginations," said AAM president Dawngzuala.

Saying that Mizoram has huge potential in aquatic sports, the AAM president hoped that the infrastructure would be instrumental in tapping the potential. "Once we have the swimming and diving pool, Mizoram will soon swim past Tripura and Manipur in the aquatic sports," he claimed. Formed in 2009, the AAM is gearing up for Mizoram open swimming championship for the third consecutive year.

Besides this annual championship, the association has regularly conducted talent search and competitions for school students using every convenient river.

As the aquatic complex lies in the same vicinity with the under construction Rajiv Gandhi sports stadium (also world standard) and Hawla indoor stadium, sports officials hoped that Aizawl would soon be able to host mega event like the National Games.

Braving the rains, about 1500 runners took part in the rally. Starting from different points, the runners converged at the AR Ground where they were addressed by the Chief Minister and president of Mizoram Olympic Association Lal Thanhawla.

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