Imphal: Sports can unite people and communities as it has no religion, caste and creed, said Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh at the closing ceremony of the 13th Jadonang Memorial Football Tournament held at Main Stadium, Khuman Lampak, here on Saturday.
“We must pay our respect to our great forefathers who had sacrificed their lives for the country and should not forget their selfless sacrifices. Recognising the valour of Rani Gaidinliu, the Centre, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has commissioned a ship named Rani Gaidinliu. The state government is making its efforts towards developing memorial parks in the name of our freedom fighters,” Biren said.
Mentioning that there is a strong sports movement in the state, Biren said the government is developing Astroturf football grounds in Tamenglong, 21 playgrounds in Tamei area, three grounds in Oklong, Senapati among others.
Trbal Affairs and Hills minister Letpao Haokip, Water Resources minister Awangbow Newmai, Social Welfare minister Heikham Dingo, Hill Areas Committee chairman Dinganglung Gangmei, MLAs Khumukcham Joykishan and Janghemlung Panmei among others were present during the function.
Earlier in the day, the chief minister also inspected the construction work of Amusement Park at Thenggu Chingjin, Imphal East.
“Looking forward to inaugurate the park and hand it over to the public soon. Apart from one’s daily routine, people need to find time for indulging in some recreational and outdoor activities. Let’s make our society a happy and harmonious one,” Biren said.