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Clouded Leopard will be mascot for National Games 2022 in Meghalaya

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Meghalaya's state animal will be the mascot for the coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state.

This decision was taken at the first committee meeting chaired by and on Monday.

is one of the wild cats that live throughout the forests of Garo, and

Lyngdoh said a competition will be conducted by the Information and Public Relations department along with the which will be open to all to finalize the Logo and the Theme of Games.

"The members agreed that the will be the mascot for Games. A competition to design a smiling clouded leopard will be open to all," he said.

Lyngdoh said a Sub-Committees will be formed headed by the Officer of the to submit a report to the to finalize the number of sporting events, venues and infrastructure.

Lyngdoh informed the members that the main stadium will be funded by the The stadium will be constructed over approximately 50 acres in Mawdiangdiang.

The meeting also agreed that 64.34 acres of land will be acquired from the Urban Development Authority to construct the Games Village.

He said a total of approximately 114.34 acres of land has been identified for critical infrastructure for games.

"The Master Plan will be compiled by the and Youth Affairs department and submitted to the of National Games Organising Committee who is also the Minister (Conrad Sangma) in the first week of May," the said.

police R Chandranathan agreed to talent spotting in the police department and decided to give incentives to sportspersons.

"A policy to implement the same will be drafted by the police department. The along with state's information and will develop a website for the National Games," Lyngdoh said.

Meanwhile, the government has appointed as Officer of the

Meghalaya will be the third northeastern state after and hosted the National Games in 1999 and 2007, respectively.

It had co-hosted with its neighbour

An estimated 14,450 athletes and officials are expected to visit Meghalaya during the Games.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:52 IST