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AASU urges ULFA not to boycott National Games

"The Games will be held for the first time, and organising it successfully is a matter of pride for Assam," says AASU advisor.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 15:30 IST

The All Assam Students' Union on Thursday appealed to the banned ULFA to "reconsider its decision" to call a boycott of the forthcoming National Games scheduled to be held in the state in February next.

AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said in a statement that the Games will be held for the first time in the state and organising it successfully was a matter of pride for Assam.

"AASU is happy that the games are being held in the state and we urge the government to create proper infrastructure and to ensure proper training for all sportspersons of the state", he added.

The games would give a chance to the sportspersons of the state to develop their skills and the infrastructure created would be beneficial for sportspersons in the future, he said.

"The ULFA should not mix political issues with sports and withdraw the boycott call", Bhattacharya added.

The ULFA had recently called for the boycott of the 33rd National Games as they said "the Centre had allegedly imposed the sports meet on Assam without solving its problems".

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 15:30 IST