Ahead of the much anticipated Manipur State Olympic Games 2022, the Ukhrul district Olympic Association on Wednesday organised torch relay in the heart of the town.
Over 160 athletes will represent Ukhrul in 16 different sports disciplines in the second edition of the State Games. The contingents will leave for the state capital Imphal on Thursday.
The relay participants walk all the way from the Ukhrul District Sports Association office located at Wino Bazar, carrying the game torch, banner and converged at DC office, Mini secretariat Ukhrul.
The programme opened with a prayer by Rev Somi Kasomwoshi, pastor Ukhrul Town Baptist Church.
As part of the event, Kapingshang Phinao, president incharge of Ukhrul district Taekwondo Association (UDTA) held the torch while Ziaur Rahman, AC to DC Ukhrul light the relay torch at mini secretariat Complex.
Speaking at the occasion, Ziaur Rahman, AC to DC Ukhrul conveyed his best wishes to the athletes and pinned hope that they will make Ukhrul proud through their feats.
In his speech, L Robert Meitei, District Games Coordinator recalled the genesis of Manipur Olympic Games. The first State Olympic Games was played in1988 and after decades the second edition of the games will be held this year.
When we use the word all Manipur, all Manipur cannot be confined to the valley areas. It must reach out to all villages and every nook and corner of the state, he pointed out.
MOA is in search of productive, hardworking, quality and desiring athletes so that they could compete and bring laurels for India.
Citing War on Drugs crusade launched by Chief Minister Biren Singh, he stressed that the campaign is a part and parcel of sports. "With more than 168 athletes to represent Ukhrul in the Games, it would dissuade and save the lives of people who are using drugs."
Rammayo Chiphang, president Ukhrul District Olympic Association (UDOA) exhorted the athletes that they were born to be players. And the best moments has arrived for them to deliver their best. He further urged to undertake self-motivation, while urging to maintain the game spirits at all times.
The programme was attended by district police officers, DLOS, athletes and well wishers, among others.