Imphal: Encouraging and promoting sporting activities in the society will help the chief minister’s initiative of War on Drugs, works minister
Thongam Biswajit Singh said at the closing function of the 8th Veteran Sports Meet 2021 held at Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi.
The recent trend of setting up of football turfs witnessed in different parts of the state is quite encouraging. It is his firm belief that a sportsperson will not fall into the habit of consuming drugs or intoxicants, Biswajit said
He lauded the organisers of the veteran sports meet and said it is the veterans who have to guide the youth towards the right path. It is only when the youth abide by the guidance of their elders, that society will produce ideal citizens, he added.
Sports have become a profession and an important part of our education he said and stressed the need to encourage and promote the sports talents available in the state.
The Centre’s approval for establishment of the Sports University in the state was an acknowledgement of the State’s talent and performance in the field of sports, he said.
Sports are an integral part of Manipuris, he said, adding that all should encourage the talents of the people.
Stating that the present government believes in inclusive development, Biswajit said only when development reaches all corners of the state, Manipur can be regarded as developed state.
The closing function, which was attended by MLA 50-Kangpokpi A/C Nemcha Kipgen as the functional president, also witnessed the final match of Veteran’s football played between J Songtun Veteran and Tujang Lhang Veterans, a DIPR report said.