National interactive tour flagged off

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 22, 2019: Youth affairs, sports, irrigation and flood control minister Letpao Haokip flagged off a 14-day National Interactive Tour (NIT) for 20 sportspersons (boys and girls) of Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, Imphal at the headquarters of the Mantripukhri Battalion of Assam Rifles on Sunday.

Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) is organising the tour from September 22 to October 5 as part of the Assam Rifles ongoing outreach programme to foster the spirit of national integration across the entire swathe of the country.

Brig DS Shishodia, deputy IGAR (South), Col Siddharth Chandra, officiating commander 9 Sector Assam Rifles and Col Prikshit Dahiya, commandant Mantripukhri Battalion, other Assam Rifles officials and parents of the sportspersons participating in the tour were also in attendance. The participants interacted with Letpao and Assam Rifles officials and expressed their excitement in participating in the NIT. Majority of the sportspersons are travelling outside the state for the first time.

As part of the tour the students will visit various sports institutes and places of cultural and historical significance, shopping malls and famous landmarks in Sonipat, Hissar, Kurukshetra, Agra and New Delhi. In the national capital they will have the honour of meeting and interacting with President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan as well as the Union sports minister.

The tour is intended to broaden their horizon and provide the sportspersons an insight into the rich heritage of the country, various developmental and industry initiatives, various career options as well as provide them with a platform to interact with renowned personalities, said the Assam Rifles.

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