Manipur Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS) Minister Govindas Konthoujam on Sunday launched the ‘Bishnupur District Relief Camp Sports Programme’ Distribution of Football Kits to Relief Camp Inmates of Bishnupur District, Manipur at Mangolnganbi College, Ningthoukhong.
Under the programme, 22 sports disciplines are identified with 1,166 youth from various relief camps opened in the district enrolled. Out of the 1,166, around 307 are enrolled in football.
Speaking as chief guest at the launching of the programme, Minister Govindas Konthoujam said that the programme will provide an opportunity to the young children and youths who are interested in sports. He added that this programme will help in identifying talented youths who could further train and avail of the facilities at the National Sports Academy or SAI in the state to achieve higher goals.
Deputy Commissioner Lourembam Bikram said that the visit of the committee set up by the Supreme Court had advice to engage young children and youths in sports activities to help them cope with the stress. Thus, a meeting was convened with all the stakeholders in order to ensure that the programme could be started at the earliest, he said. He added that the training will be carried out on a regular basis.
Arjun Oinam, Champion of under 19 South Asian Football Federation Championship was felicitated.
Football kits, including Cones, Shin Guard, Football Jersey, Shorts Boots and shocks were also distributed.
Moirang A/C MLA Thongam Shanti; ADC, Bishnupur District Hanjabam Bobby Sharma, officials of the District Administration and coaches among others attended the launching programme.
The programme was organised by the District Administration, Bishnupur.