Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tueaday assured all possible support to film star John Abraham, also proprietor of ISL franchise North East United FC for setting up a world class football academy in Guwahati.
Sonowal gave this assurance in response to the proposal made by Abraham during his visit to the Chief Minister today.
“We are resolutely working to make Guwahati as the sports capital of the country. Our government has given priority to strengthening sports infrastructure and organizing international sports events to boost this claim”, Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister said the football academy proposed to be set up by John Abraham would immensely help the aspiring footballers of the state and Assam government would provide all support and land for setting up the academy.
Sonowal further said that the government has taken up initiatives to identify the talented sportspersons to improve their skills and urged Abraham to take forward Assam government’s efforts to strengthen ties with the ASEAN countries through sports.
John Abraham assured the Chief Minister that he would take all necessary steps to ensure participation of players from ASEAN countries in sports activities in Guwahati next year.
He also informed the Chief Minister about his willingness to work for promotion and growth of tourism and culture of Assam including Assamese cinema. The bollywood actor further said that he would arrange for screening the premier show of a film based on the storyline of Pokhran nuclear test in the month of February next year in Guwahati.