Imphal: Governor of Manipur La. Ganesan on Thursday declared the 16th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup tournament open at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak Imphal.
The tournament was organized by All Manipur Taekwondo Association.
Participated by 630 players, including 218 girls and 412 boys, from 26 units of All Manipur Taekwondo Association and officials of Manipur Taekwondo Association were present in the opening ceremony.
Ganesan expressed his happiness for opening the 16th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup tournament. He said, “Taekwondo is the way of the foot and fist, a form of self defending with only bare hands and feet. No weapons are ever used in Taekwondo.”
He maintained that the game of Taekwondo dates back over 2000 years and it has become one of the most popular sports in the world in which more than 40 million people from more than 142 countries in the world participated in Taekwondo games. In 2000, the game was introduced as an official Olympic event at the Sydney Australia Olympic Games.
Stating that Manipur has rich heritage of Martial Arts like Thang-ta (Sword & Spear) that has constituted a significant component of the culture of the people. Manipuri Martial Arts have been a characteristic attribute of the history and civilization of the state, he added.
Governor said that the aims and object of sports and games, as part of bringing glory and laurels for the country, is to instill the idea of discipline, orderliness, team spirit, qualities of leadership and patriotism. If youths are associated with games and sports which will in turn makes our Nation a powerful one, he said.
Further, he expressed his hope that the tournament will help in studying philosophy in finding out the requirements for further development of art. Efforts made by All Manipur Taekwondo Association deserved encouragement and support will help in popularizing and promoting Taekwondo in the State, he added. He also congratulates the players who won the match and encouraged the losers not to get dishearten always.
Social Welfare, Skill, Labour & Employment& Entrepreneurship and Fisheries Minister Shri Heikham Dingo Singh also attended the occasion as functional President and addressed the gathering.
International player Nongdairel Khaba and Priyadhashini led the Oath taking by the players. Two minutes silence was observed to paid respect to the expired founder members of Taekwondo of Manipur.
The Taekwondo tournament will continue May 15 and there will be around 80 matches during the four days event.