Biren re-launches regular coaching classes for sports

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Sunday re-launched Regular Coaching Classes of various sports disciplines under Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) Department at Langjing Achouba, Imphal West.

The government is extending every possible support to promote sports culture and sportspersons in the state, Biren said.

The government is providing financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh each to around 15 sporting clubs to support their sporting activities and ease a little of the financial hardships faced by the clubs. The government is also providing Rs 1 crore to those football clubs such as NEROCA and TRAU who are participating in the I-League, he added.

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“We need to inspire and motivate our young generation to dream and achieve big goals,” he said and appreciated the parents and guardians for their unconditional support and encouragement to their wards to become successful sportspersons. Due credit must be given to the coaches and teachers, he added.

The chief minister directed the YAS officials to provide drinking water and edible items to the aspiring sportspersons or participants everyday during the RCC. The government would provide the necessary budget for providing eatables for the participants, he said.

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To support the needy and poor aspiring sportspersons of the state, he said that the government would invite the national and multi-national companies to provide assistance towards nurturing the young sportspersons of the state through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

“Padmashri awardee and renowned footballer Oinam Bembem Devi would be the Brand Ambassador of the initiative,” he announced.

The chief minister felicitated Padmashri Bembem.

The Regular Coaching Classes is a flagship program of the YAS department that nurtures sportspersons in over 25 Sports disciplines and has been conducted since 2002.

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Altogether around 1200 students have registered for the football discipline under RCC.

YAS minister Letpao Haokip and education minister S. Rajen Singh among others were present during the function.

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