Shillong: Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Ajay Maken on Friday acknowledged the potentiality of huge pool of resources in sports in North-East and assured assistance from Centre.

"North East and Meghalaya (in particular) has enormous potential in sports, particularly in football," Maken said.

He said, "Rs 42 crore has been sanctioned for NEHU multi-purpose sports centre which will be ready by August next year."

While admitting that the project has been delayed, Maken said he had met the CPWD Superintendent engineer and asked him to complete the project within August.

Centre has sanctioned two regional sports centres - one in Assam and another in Manipur - and a SAI training centre in Shillong.