Khuman Lampak gets another multipurpose Indoor Hall

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 11, 2018: YAS minister Letpao Haokip today inaugurated a multipurpose Indoor Hall at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal. The minister condemned the ‘divisive’ politics played by the sports bodies and appealed not to play divisive politics and to work collectively for the promotion of sporting talent of our players.

The construction of the hall that was inaugurated today was started in the year 2015 and construction related works was taken up by the Manipur Development Society (MDS). The total cost of the project is Rs 3 crores and was funded under the 13th Finance Commission.

Letpao took utmost concern of the declining performances of sporting talents of the state in the national and international events, and expressed worry that if the trend continues, the sports potential of our players will be nib at the bud and the state of Manipur will not be synonymous with ‘Sports Powerhouse’ tag anymore.

He opined that the main reason for decline is the divisive politics played by the sports associations and bodies of almost all the sports disciplines in the state. He earnestly appealed all the sports bodies to let go of their egos and to unite for the collective good of the future of sports for our state. The Minister also added that he has been raising this concern not as a sports minister, but as a common citizen of Manipur as the love for sports and the pride one gets when players excel in this field crosses all ranks and status. He appealed that all should work together and unite again to perform well and to regain the level of excellence of our sporting talents.

Talking about the project inaugurated today, Letpao urged the players to obtain maximum benefit and to maintain the facility properly and responsibly and not to negligently utilise it as has been done in most government properties. He expressed his hope that such new infrastructures will help in producing more legends such as Mary Kom and Sanjita Chanu. Other minor shortcomings such as keeping a girls’ changing room and iron grills to the windows will be put up soon, he assured.

The inaugural function was also attended by Bobby Waikhom, secretary of YAS; Armstrong Pame , director of YAS; top officials of the department and MDS and hundreds of young sports players.

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