Pothashang News Service
Imphal, October 11: “Everything is almost ready for the inauguration of the first Sports University of the country. The State government is waiting for the confirmation of Prime Minister’s schedule for the inauguration”, said chief Biren Singh, today during his inspection of repairing work being taken up at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal
Biren Singh along with commissioner, youth affairs and sports H. Deelip Singh, director YAS N. Praveen Singh and other officials of the department inspected the ongoing repairing work at the sports complex.
Biren Singh visited the temporary office of the projected sports university situated at the office building of Manipur Olympic Association, Khuman Lampak. He said he was satisfied with the works being taken up.
He said the main stadium ground is being developed into the football field of international standard with natural grass turf fields and would be completed before the commencement of I-league tournament next month. Saying that proper quality should be maintained for the repairing work, he urged the media to act as a watchdog and monitor the ongoing repairing work taken up by the officials. Flood lighting system would be installed in the main stadium and hockey stadium soon, he added.
He siad, as we all know Manipur is craze for football, so as per the wishes of the people the government is focussing on repairing and proper maintenance of the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. He said that the State Government is planning to develop 2-3 playgrounds, one each in Imphal East, Imphal West and Thoubal district, by laying astro turf soon so that the players could play football all around the season.
He further said that he has already directed the concerned officials to prepare a detailed project report on the matter. He informed that under the Khelo India scheme, every block of the state will have a playground to encourage the sporting culture among youths in the country.
For the establishment of the national sports university in Manipur the union budget, 2014 had alloted Rs. 100 crore. However, due to controversies in choosing the location of the sports university the construction works had been delayed. The present government had decided to temporarily launch the university at Khuman Lampak.