Itanagar, May 17, 2019:
Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia yesterday launched Sports Station, a multi – brand, multi-speciality flagship store, located opposite BB Plaza in Arunachal capital Itanagar.
Bhutia said it is important to help and assist young talents from the state who are interested in pursuing sports as a career, and appealed to the state government to give priority to grooming budding sportspersons.
“There are lots of talents from Arunachal Pradesh with the potential to represent the country; but it is unfortunate to see that they are not provided with proper facilities and training,” said Bhutia, while interacting with the media.
“There is no denying that the state has many talents. That is why it is important to groom and nurture them,” said Bhutia, while adding that he was willing to set up football schools in Arunachal if the State government gives the green signal.
The soccer legend commended the reservation policy of the state government for meritorious sportspersons. Bhaichung Bhutia also said the availability of modern sports kits in shops like Sports Station would help in promoting sports in the state.
Commending the talents representing the country from Northeast states like Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim, Bhutia said he believes that Arunachal can also produce many sports personalities if proper guidance and facilities are provided.
Sports Station has a plethora of international sports brands, and offers an assortment of options in sports shoes, accessories and sports equipment under one roof.
Bhaichung Bhutia (born 15 December 1976), also spelled as Baichung Bhutia, is a former Indian footballer from the state of Sikkim, who played as a striker. Bhutia is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena. He is often nicknamed the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills in football. Three-time Indian Player of the Year I. M. Vijayan described Bhutia as “God’s gift to Indian football”.