First Chief Minister’s Sagol Kangjei Championship concludes, unveils restored Bhagyachandra stopping elephant statue


Imphal: The First Chief Minister’s Sagol Kangjei Championship, 2022, organised by All Manipur Polo Association(AMPA) was concluded at Kangla, here on Sunday.

The  hampionship was organised under the theme of “ Save Manipuri Pony, Save Grazing field, Revive Sagol Kangjei” as a part of campaign to save Manipuri ponies.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh lowered the the flag of the championship declaring its conclusion.

The championship began on November 18. Altogether 14 teams participated in the championship.

Manipur Police Polo Team and Tentha Polo Club played the final match. Manipur Police Polo Team won the First Chief Minister’s Sagol Kangjei Championship. It received a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh with Trophy. Tentha Polo Club received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh with Runners-up Trophy.

Also Read:  CM Biren extends greetings on Republic Day

Biren said, “We need to  preserve the Sangol Kangjei that is indigenous to our culture. The preservation of the Sagol Kangjei includes all aspects of care, remembrance and revival of the Manipuri pony that has played a major role in protecting us since time immemorial.”

Biren recalled how during the Seven Years Devastation period. “Our horses or ponies had once declined due to invasion of Manipur by the Burmese from the South East Asia.” The Burmese had captured around 2000 horses for cavalry purpose around that time. They kept the horses in Burma and invaded Thailand with the help of those horses, he added.

Also Read:  Poppy cultivator arrested, poppy of 176 acres destroyed

He made a proposal to the organisers to rename the ongoing All Manipur Polo Association as the All Manipur Sagol Kangjei Association and also suggested to make a corpus fund to organise this tournament every year without fail.

Before proceeding to Kangla, the chief minster unvieled the restored the statue of Maharaj Bhagyachandra stopping an elephant at Khwairamband Keithel, Imphal West.

The restoration of the statue was undertaken by department of Art and Culture, Manipur and implemented by Engineering Cell, Health and Family Welfare department, Manipur.

Also Read:  Assam Rifles seize liquor, 1 apprehended

“It is our responsibility to respect our elder generations so, we should renovate the Shamu Makhong at Khwairamban Keithel,” Biren said.

Rajya Sabha MP, Maharaja Sanajaoba Leisemba said, “The opening of the first Chief Minister’s Sagol kangjei Championship gives us an opportunity to save pony horses, protection of their survival and development in the field of indigenous Sagol Kangjei game.”

He expressed his desire to include about Sagol Kangjei, indigenous game of Manipur in the syllabus of schools for its popularity and to let them known to the children.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content Protected!