The Major Bob Khathing Football Tournament organised by the Indian Army at the Mission Veng Ground Leimakhong concluded on Monday with the Football Lovers team taking home the championship trophy by defeating Brothers FC at five-two in the final match.
As many as 20 different teams participated in the tournament which kicked off on March 1.
The winning team Football Lovers returned home with a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a trophy and medals while the runner-up team Brothers FC won a cash prize of Rs 20,000, a trophy and medals.
During the closing ceremony, a cultural event which included Bhangra by the personnel of 5th Sikh Regiment and Bamboo Dance by Thadou Kuki tribe were showcased.
Speaking at the closing ceremony as chief guest, YAS Minister Govindas Konthoujam highlighted the contribution of late Major Bob Khathing in the nation building of the country, particularly in the Northeast region.
He also stressed the importance of games and sports in extending the bonds of friendship in the society, besides creating a society free from substance abuse.
Concerning the present issue of ecological imbalance facing the state, the minister encouraged the villagers living in the periphery of Leimakhong area, including the Army, for planting more trees and to restrain from any sorts of deforestation.
Acknowledging that the Mission Veng Ground is a common football ground for around 30 villages living in the periphery of Leimakhong, the minister promises all possible support to develop the ground from the state government side.
In this regard, he suggested the concerned villages’ authorities and the Army official to submit a memorandum to the chief minister, to develop the ground officially.
It is the efforts of the players and the support of the stakeholders and CSOs which make Manipur bag the title of “Sports capital of India,” he said, assuring that the state government will take up every possible effort to uplift games and sports in the state.
The closing ceremony also witnessed Commandant of 59 Mountain Brigade SJ Tiwari among high ranking officials of the Indian Army, village chiefs, office bearers and others.