Imphal: The 8th Edition of Sagolband Kendra 7-A Side Open Football Tournament, 2022, was kicked off on Saturday at Sagolband Bijoy Govinda Lampak.
The tournament is organised by Sagolband Mantri Leikai Voluntary Organisation.
It is participated by 19 football teams from Sagolband Assembly Constituency. The tournament is sponsored by Sagolband Constituency Progressive Committee.
Health and IPR minister Dr S. Ranjan Singh, MLA RK Imo Singh, R.K. Rashmani Singh, President, Vijoy Govinda Savayet Committee, MLA Zahemlung Panmei graced the inaugural occasion as chief guest, chief host, president and guest of honour respectively.
A LED Flood Light of the playground was also inaugurated as a part of the occasion.
Ranjan said, “We need to encourage sports and players of the state since they are playing a big role to identify the state. Games and sports have become an essential part of the state. We need to promote games and sports in the state.”
He appealed the participating players to maintain game spirit and take home a positive attitude of the game.
Imo informed that due to the pandemic of Covid-19 there was a gap of two years of the calendar tournament. The spirit of sports for the young generations has been gaining momentum. It is lucky that the state has many talented sport-stars who have brought laurels of the state. They are proud assets, he added.
March Past and Band parade was also demonstrated as a part of the inaugural occasion. Dignitaries from sports and other departments also shared the dais during the occasion.