Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 10, 2018: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to India Jan Luykx called on chief minister N. Biren Singh today in his office chamber. In the meeting they have discussed the possibilities of co-operation in trade and investment, food processing, agriculture, tourism and Smart City project etc.
During the meeting, Biren Singh proposed to Jan Luykx to extend Belgium’s support in developing a football academy in the state. Biren said that such a Football Academy would hone the skills and ability of young and aspiring footballers of the State. While informing about the people’s passion for football in the state, Ambassador Jan Luykx was surprised to learn that out of 21 footballers selected for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, there were 8 players from a small state like Manipur.
The chief minister also proposed to Jan Luykx about sports exchange programme especially in the field of football as it would help the native sportspersons to get international exposure and training. Later, Ambassador Jan Luykx gave his assurance that he would pursue the proposal of the chief minister in different ministries of the Belgium government.