Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has assured to provide all necessary support for organising state games and youth national games in Manipur.
The government has always been doing its best for the welfare of sportspersons despite its scarce resources. It would take up steps to construct grounds in all 16 districts of the state under Khelo India and also to set up Centre of Excellence considering the importance of sports in shaping the society, Biren said.
Biren was speaking at Olympic Bhavan, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal on Thursday.
The chief minister flagged off the Olympic Day Run, 2022 at the Courtyard of the Olympic Bhavan. The event was organised by the Manipur Olympic Association on the occasion of World Olympic Day which is observed on June 23 every year.
The Olympic Day Run was participated by many young and budding sports players of different disciplines.
Biren extended his best wishes to all sports players for a better future and to bring laurels to the state. Stating that games and sports had always contributed a lot towards bringing a healthy and disciplined society, the chief minister assured that the state government would provide all possible support for development in the particular field. He maintained that the sporting spirit of the state had helped to overcome the high rate of HIV infection in Manipur.
He informed that the government has already started providing financial assistance to various sports clubs. Pension scheme for sportsperson who have represented in national and international tournaments, irrespective of discipline, had been started.
The Daily Allowances for sportspersons participating in the national level competitions had been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500. The government is coming up with Chief Minister’s Annual Sagol Kangjei Championship. It would be of much support to Sagol Kangjei players and pony breeders, he said.
Manipur Olympic Association president and MLA Dr Th. Radheshyam Singh stated that the Olympic Day is observed in the state with the motto to stand together for a peaceful Manipur and added games and sports had always taken an important role in maintaining peace and sense of brotherhood in the state. Development of a society is possible only when peace prevails, he added.
He paid his salute to all the Olympians and senior sportspersons for bringing a movement of sports in the state.
Manipur Basketball Association president and MLA Nishikant Sapam, All Manipur Mukna Association president and MLA Th. Arunkumar Singh, DGP P. Doungel, youth affairs and sports commissioner Bobby Waikhom, government officials and sportspersons also attended the programme among others.