The Manipur Olympian Park, which has been constructed at Sangaithel area, Imphal West to honour the 19 Olympians from Manipur and encourage the sports players and athletes of the state, was handed over to the people by Chief Minister N Biren on Friday.
Speaking as the chief guest at the function, he acknowledged the contributions of local clubs in moulding the careers of the 19 Olympians who brought respect and recognition for the state and country.
He referred to the Olympians as ‘Living Legends’ and appealed towards creating a healthy society free from drugs. Acknowledging the rich sporting culture and love for sports, the state has been referred as the ‘Powerhouse of Sports’, and the first National Sports University has been set up in the state, he added.
CM Biren said that suitable government jobs have been given to the sportspersons who won gold medals at national and international level as a part of a one-time solution in the past. The same will be continued in the near future, he added.
He asked each and everyone to create and promote one Manipur where there are no divisions based on caste, religion, tribe or hill and valley. Appreciating the village chiefs and CSO leaders, N Biren Singh said that villagers have started destroying Poppy plants in the hills voluntarily. “We can root out the drug menace by collective and cooperative efforts,” he added.
He further mentioned that the government has been delivering lots of development projects in all corners of the state. He urged the people to have a sense of ownership to the different public properties and take care of it.
It may be mentioned that the park was constructed by Keystone Infra Pvt Ltd under Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd and inaugurated by union home minister Amit Shah on January 6.
Cabinet ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Nemcha Kipgen, L Susindro Meitei, H Dingo Singh, Th Basantakumar Singh, Khasim Vashum, Chairpersons, MLAs, government officials, Olympians and their family members attended the function