Imphal: The sports movement in Manipur got a jolt as Covid-19 seizes the state since midweek of March, bringing all sporting movement to a grinding halt.
However, the sportspersons and some of the Association eggs on to continue the regular regime of practices keeping World Health Organisation laid out standard procedures intact, which includes social distancing.
In the meantime, sports bodies and sportspersons have appeal to state government to create a space, within World Health Organisation norms towards social distancing, to train themselves in stadium in proper manner for few hours of the day to meet the forthcoming competitions.
The Adhoc Committee, Wushu Association of Manipur makes the first jump to the opportunity under Wushu Association of India for the online championship. Under Wushu Asssociation of India, Manipur Wushu fraternity was able to proceed with the online State Championship, leading to National Taolu Championship.
Manipur players bagged 26 medals including 16 gold in the 1st Online National Wushu Taolu Championship 2020.
It may be mentioned that, as the world almost gets a blanket call on activity including sports, the Wushu Association of India is the first one to hold online championship. The first state is West Bengal where they hold on online championship and next is Manipur.
Union Sports Minister for YAS, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the online National Wushu championship on May 15 along with International Wushu Federation, General Secretary Zhang Quiping and Indian Olympic Association president, Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra greeted the players for more fruitful association in such testing time.
Manipur Badminton Association genreral secretary, N.Shyamkumar Singh is of the opinion that the government should give some rooms for the players in the view of the forthcoming Hyderabad Open.
He added that the association supports government’s effort for containment of Covid-19 Pandemic, however, as the Hyderbad Open is slated from August 11-16, we need to prepare our players.
He added that, “As some of our players are emerging in the word scenarios including Meiraba Luwang, they need exposure, and we do not want to miss it every competition that can help them to reach greater heights. Without proper competitors, the players cannot excel themselves. They have strict regulation of competition shuttles as well”.