Sports Diet Scholarship Launched for Sporting Champs from North East 


In an event hosted at the State Banquet Hall in Itanagar, the much awaited first of its kind “8AM Sports Diet Scholarship” was recently launched and awarded to selected budding sporting champs from North East. 

The “8AM Sports Diet Scholarship” comprises a nutritious breakfast diet from this Olympics to the next Olympics and a one-time monetary Scholarship of Rs 10,001/. The Chief Guest of the event was Taba Tedir, Education Minister and Arunachal Olympic Association President.

In all, a total of 50 budding sports champs had been chosen to be awarded the “8AM Sports Diet Scholarship”. 

The 50 chosen sports champs are pursuing sports as their career, and happen to be National/State level medal winners below 20 years of age from different sports categories recognized by the Indian Olympic Association. They are the bonafide residents of North Eastern states.

Buoyed by the glory that Indian athletes brought to the nation in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, the idea of a “Sports Diet Scholarship” was conceived by Major Vishal Bakshi (VSM), M.D V.R Industries.

The project took wings when Major Bakshi got in touch with First IPS from Arunachal Pradesh Robin Hibu (President Helping Hands NGO) who extended him all possible support in giving shape to this ambitious plan.

Lauding the efforts of Helping Hands and the sponsors, Minister Tedir said, “The state of Arunachal Pradesh has humongous sports potential. The small 17 member state team created a record of sorts in the recently concluded 36th National Games in Ahmedabad, Gujarat when the contingent won seven medals.” 

“The need for nutritious food for players to play well would be solved by this much needed scholarship. Initiatives such as “Sports Diet Scholarship” would play a vital role in transforming Arunachal into a Sports House of India. Our aim should be to make Arunachal Pradesh the National Sports Hub of the country,” he said.

Speaking on the ocassion, IPS Robin Hibu (President of Helping Hands NGO) said, “North East states have immensely contributed in bringing sporting laurels to the nation. 5-time World Amateur Championship winner MC Mary Kom, Mirabai Chanu and Lovelina Borgohain need no introduction. Helping Hands NGO happens to be one of the largest virtual NGO serving the North East fraternity. The idea of “Sports Diet Scholarship” will surely inspire entrepreneurs and corporations to follow suit.”


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