Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today assured Bollywood actor and proprietor of ISL franchise North East United FC John Abraham that support would be extended to him for setting up a world class football academy here. The state government has given top priority to development of sports in Assam and is working to make Guwahati the sports capital of the country, Sonowal told Abraham, who had called on him. "Our government has given priority to strengthening sports infrastructure and organising international sports events," Sonowal said. The football academy, to be set up by Abraham, would help aspiring footballers of the state and Assam government would provide all support and land for setting up the academy, he said. Sonowal said the government has taken up steps to improve skills of talented sportspersons and urged Abraham to take forward Assam government's efforts to strengthen ties with the ASEAN countries through sports. Abraham also assured the chief minister that he would take steps to ensure participation of players from ASEAN countries in sports activities in Guwahati next year. The Bolywood actor also informed Sonowal about his willingness to work for promotion and growth of tourism and culture of Assam, including Assamese cinema.
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