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Swachh Stadiums: Mizoram’s Aizawl FC Football Fans Clean Stadium After Match, Win Hearts On The Internet

After Aizawl FC clinched the I-League trophy, fans helped out by cleaning up the litter left by some 23,000 spectators

Swachh Stadiums: Mizoram’s Aizawl FC Football Fans Clean Stadium After Match, Win Hearts On The Internet
  • Fans helped clean up the heaps of litter left behind by 23,000 spectators
  • A photograph of this effort has gone viral on Facebook
  • Stadiums are some of the largest generators of solid waste

Unsightly stadiums littered with heaps of plastic, food bits and sports memorabilia are generally considered to be a normal fallout of major sporting events. However, in a stadium in Shillong on Sunday, celebrating fans won hearts and took everyone by surprise when they began to clean up all the litter generated by some 23,000 spectators. This mini drive for swachhta took place after Mizoram’s Aizawl FC won the I-League, one of India’s biggest professional men’s football tournaments.

While social media has been busy celebrating the football club’s victory, even more people have lauded the fans’ gesture.

“Thank you Aizwal football fans for cleaning the trash after the match yesterday… speaks volumes of your attitude. We, the rest, should learn from them,” wrote one fan on Facebook, in a post that has gone viral.


At the time of writing, this photograph has over 840 shares and 1,800 likes.

Even the Swachh Bharat Mission applauded the move, taking to Twitter to compliment the football fans for setting an example.

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel also tweeted about this saying, “After I-League win, AizawlFC fans clean up Shillong stadium, win hearts. Real Swachh Bharat example, learnings for all.”

Also Read: Look Into Waste Disposal During IPL: Tribunal To Delhi’s Pollution Authority

Around the world, sporting events pose huge solid waste management problems. Stadiums and arenas bring a high volume of people in one place at one time which means that the sheer volume of garbage generated is very high. For instance, during the Indian Premier League in 2016, a petition filed with the National Green Tribunal had calculated that 40,000 spectators had generated a whopping 10 metric tonnes of waste during the course of a single match.



  1. SRK

    May 3, 2017 at 8:20 am

    In these times when people from NorthEast are treated like aliens, this is a good example that the whole country can learn from. I have been in the NE for a good three years and i have seen their culture to far better than any that you see anywhere else in India. Yet we have this negative attitude towards folks from NE. Its time we learnt from them. Great job !!!!

  2. Dr.K.Govindan

    May 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Lot more have to be done under the clean India movement.Regarding sports, it’s becoming business so sponsors as well public should make the surrounding clean.

    • Dr.K.Govindan

      May 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Good initiative,lot more to come. Appreciated.

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