NEW DELHI | May 19
The Chief Minister N Biren Singh today launched the FIFA u-17 football balloon at Connaught Place, New Delhi.
The function was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports during the occasion of India Being, host to the FIFA under-17 World Cup India 2017 from October 6 to 28 this year.
The function was graced by Union Sports minister Vijay Goel, famous cricketer Md Kaif and boxer Vijender Singh among others.
The chief minister expressed his gratitude for recognizing the football talent of Manipur by inviting him to the event. He also expressed hope that sometime in the near future Manipur could be a venue for a FIFA event.
N Biren emphasized on the need to tap the immense talent possessed by India.
He said, football is an extremely useful sport for physical fitness. In modern times of fast food, unhealthy lifestyle and huge pressure on academic performance we need to give emphasis on physical fitness of children in India. Football is a great and cheap way to promote physical fitness.
Further he informed that recently it had been decided to start a CM’s football cup in Manipur in the name of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya from this year.
He also urged his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and MPs of the state to encourage football in their respective constituencies.
Union sports minister Vijay Goel expressed his thanks to Manipur CM for gracing the occasion.
He said that since Manipur did not earlier approach to host this event the FIFA event could not be organized at Imphal. But in future, he would certainly see to it that the event is organized in Imphal.