Manipur to host first North East Olympic games

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 21, 2018: Education, labourand employment minister Thokchom Radheshyam who is also the president of Manipur Olympic Association today announced that the 1st North East Olympic Games will be held at Imphal from October 24 to October 28 this year.

The announcement was made in a press conference conducted at the Olympic association office.

Radheshyam said that the games, a first of its kind, will witness competition in twelve different disciplines – Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Judo, Karate-Do, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wushu. He said that international as well as national sportsperson from all the eight states of North East India including, the host state, Manipur will participate in the ensuing North East Olympic Games. The games is being organized by the Manipur Olympic Association under the aegis of the North East Olympic Association.

Around two thousand sportsperson, along with technical team members and officials will take part in the Games. G.A. Sanatomba Sharma will be the chef-de-mission for the 1st North East Olympic Games, 2018, Imphal. The events will be held at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, and also at Eastern Ground and D.M. College Indoor Stadium for football and badminton.

Radheshyam as the chairman of the organizing committee of the 1st North East Olympic Games, 2018, Imphal, stated that chief minister N. Biren Singh is the Chief Patron and the council of ministers of the state is the patrons. He added that the committee has eleven separate sub-committees for carrying out specific duties and tasks to successfully execute the event. The sub-committee consisted of – games technical conduct committee, reception, accreditation, ceremonial, accommodation, catering, transportation, publicity, souvenir, medical and security committees respectively.

He said the technical experts for certain discipline of the event will be engaged from both outside and inside the state, with focus to the North East region. He said the twelve disciplines for the North East Olympic Games have been decided considering the high number of participation of teams. He said that best effort will be put in by the organizing committee to make the event a grand success which is being organized for the first time in the state.

He sought full support of the people and urged to extend their cooperation towards the people coming from different parts of the North East Region for participation in the North East Olympic Games. He also urged to all the civil societies and organizations to refrain from any form of agitation during the North East Olympic Games. He said that the event is an opportunity to boost the sports tourism of Manipur.

The official website of the 1st North East Olympic Games, 2018 – was also launched today. The minister said the page have the facility of online registration for the players and officials, online accreditation, regular update of results of the events from the venues and attempt for live streaming of the historic moments of the games.

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