18th Governor’s Cup Fencing Championship begins

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Imphal: The 18th Governor’s Cup State Level Fencing Championship-2022 began at Indoor Hall, SAI, NERC, Takyelpat in Imphal on Friday with governor of Manipur La. Ganesan hoisting the flag to declare opening of the championship.

​Fencers from Chandel, Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Thoubal and Ukhrul will compete in different categories in the championship.

The youth of Manipur have an inborn talent for games and sports and by dint of this quality they can shine in various sports events including fencing. Some of them have displayed their outstanding activities even at the international level and they are icons in their respective fields. “We are really proud of them, as such, we all should always appreciate and support our sportsperson in order to accelerate the sports movement in the state,” Ganesan said.

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He said, the game of fencing is now gaining popularity in our country and in Manipur too. In the recently held National Games, 2022 in Gujarat, the Manipur Fencing team displayed their superiority by winning 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals, which is a highly remarkable achievement in this sports.

Manipur has produced a good number of fencers and they have brought prestigious medals in a number of national and international competitions. Credit for all this achievement goes to the Manipur Fencing Association and Fencers, he added.

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He also expressed hope that the championship will provide a good opportunity for healthy competition and ultimately will help strengthen the bond of friendship and brotherhood among the various sections of the people of Manipur.

​MLA Th. Radheshyam Singh, who is also the president of Manipur Olympic Association said Manipuris have inborn sporting talents and therefore ‘we have a number of good players in many sporting disciplines’.

He said, fencing is like Thang–Ta and it is best suited for state youths and they have been doing well in many national and international competitions.

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