Imphal: In a programme organised by State Level Chief Minister Indigenous Martial Arts Committee and Department of Youth Affairs and sports, Mats and equipments of indigenous Martial Arts were distributed to units and representatives of martial arts of the state at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak- Sports Complex, Imphal.
On the occasion, chief minister N. Biren Singh education minister S. Rajen Singh, agriculture minister O. Lukhoi Singh, MLA N. Indrajit Singh, convener of the State Level Chief Minister Indigenous Martial Arts Committee and former Mister Indi Ksh. Bhaktakumar were present.
Biren recalled the history and told that with the help of martial arts ‘our fore fathers’ defended its territory from Awa and mighty British. Martial arts protected our freedom and we have a glorious history of 2000 years.
“To compete with other developed states of the country in the national level and with other countries in the international level, we really need to keep and maintain a healthy and disciplined society through martial arts,” he said. So, it is right time to open more training centres of martial arts and groom many youths from every leikai, villages of hill and plain, he added.
Biren informed that in honour of the Olympians of Manipur an Olympian park is coming up in Sangaithel and statues of 19 olympians of the state will be installed and will try to give an excellent sports training at par with world class.