Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 25, 2020: To mark the glory and potentiality of Manipur sports persons Shannaroishingee Numit -2020 (players’ day) was observed at Khuman Lampak sports complex’s main stadium, here on Tuesday.
As a part of the obserbation Players’ Day Run was organised. It was flagged off by youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip. Hundreds of players of the state took part in this run.
Noted bow-maker from Manipur, B. Chaoba Sharma was also honoured acknowledging his contribution to the making of Archery Indian Round bows.
Upcoming players of the state need to keep up with the glorious legacy of sporting excellence initiated by the senior players of the past and present, the minister said.
The observance of the Shannaroishingee Numit was first held in the year 1999 to mark the historic win of Manipur in the 5th National Games. Manipur emerged team champion by bagging the coveted Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy.
The players of the state has been doing well in their performances so far, and the several medals, awards and laurels that they brought to Manipur was a testimony for this claim. Ratio-wise, the state of Manipur still remains a forerunner in producing world-class players as we produced many excellent players in spite of having a small population, in comparison to the those largely-populated mainland Indian states, the minister said.
He cautioned the upcoming generation of players not to be half-hearted in their efforts, and to double up their struggles and hardwork as many leading senior Manipuri players have created a strong legacy for them to follow.
The minister led the gathering in the pledging of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.