Imphal: Manipur governor La. Ganesan opened 2nd Manipur Olympic Games-2022 in presence of chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday at the Mapal Kangjeibung, here.
The 2nd Manipur Olympic Games-2022 will continue till August 30. Young sportspersons representing all 16 districts are participating in the event.
Power minister Thongam Biswajit, works minister Govindas Konthoujam, transport minister Khashim Vashum, Manipur Olympic Association president and MLAs Dr. Th. Radheshyam Singh, Nishikant Sapam, Th. Arunkumar Singh and Thongam Shanti Singh.
Ganesan said the basic objective of games and sports was to develop good citizenship among boys and girls by forming their character – training them in the habits of observation, obedience and self-reliance and promoting their physical, mental and spiritual development in the true spirit.
He expressed gratification on learning that 34 sports disciplines including indigenous sports disciplines such as Kang, Mukna, etc and about 6000 (six thousand) sports persons will take part in the Games.
Stating that Manipur had already produced many Olympians and National Players, he expressed his confidence that the state would keep producing many more both at international and national levels in the years to come. Youths who are highly disciplined, physically fit, mentally alert, spiritually sound and loyal to the country are needed at this juncture, much more than that at any other time in the past, he added.
Mentioning that youths of Manipur are born sportsmen and athletes, he said if they are provided with infrastructural facilities, incentives and give a little more thrust to sports activities in rural areas, they will emerge as distinguished and excellent sports persons of National and International stature. The Government of India endorsed establishment of National Sports University in Manipur in recognition of the wonderful performance of our players, the governor said.
Manipur is leading the Northeast region which is slowly inching up in the field of sports. It has produced 19 Olympians, 1 Padma Bhushan Awardee, 5 Padmashree Awardees, 19 Arjuna Awardees, 3 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees, 1 Dronacharya Awardee, 1 Dhyanchand Awardee, 24 Asian Games Medalists, 27 Commonwealth Games Medalists. In the recently held Common Wealth Games 2022 also, in Manipur produced two Medalists in Weight Lifting category, he added.
He was confident that with the initiative taken up by the Government of India in the recent past in the field of games and sports, the future is good for all including the sports persons. He stressed the need for the State and the corporate sector to patronize more if we have to achieve more, as without funds there is no hope.
Biren expressed his happiness that 2nd Manipur Olympic Games was being organized after 34 years as the 1st Manipur Olympic Games was held in 1988. He appreciated the organizer for the conduct of the sports meet with participation of a large number of sportspersons. He recalled the recognition given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the sports talent of Northeast people during a chief ministers’ conference. He gave credit to all the sports associations and stakeholders for the achievement at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Manipur government after consultation with the Manipur Olympic Association had decided to organize the Games every year and added that budget for organizing the same will be allocated separately from next year. Sports represent an important place in Manipur where different communities reside together, as there is no religion or caste in sports, he said and stressed the need to organize the State Olympic Games in festive mood with showcases of many cultural programmes from next year.
The chief minister announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to the players’ contingent of Ukhrul district in appreciation of the contingent’s performance in the march past. He also wished for the successful conduct of the event.
During the opening ceremony, the governor raised the flag of Manipur Olympic Association. Wushu player Naorem Roshibina Devi took oath of all the participating districts.
Cultural programmes consisting of Thang-ta, choreographic representation ‘Colour of Oneness’ and performance of theme song of 2nd Manipur Olympic Games were the main highlights of the opening ceremony.