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Kangpokpi's biggest sports festival 'KIWT' kicks off

Kangpokpi Inter Ward Tournament is the biggest and most prestigious sports festival of Kangpokpi town organised annually by Kangpokpi Youth Union in the beginning month of the New Year where all the 18 Wards/Vengs participate in the event.

ByKangpokpi Correspondent

Updated on 13 Jan 2022, 7:07 pm

(PHOTO: IFP)

(PHOTO: IFP)

The 18th edition of Kangpokpi Inter Ward Tournament (KIWT), 2022 was kicked off on Thursday at Brigadier M Thomas ground, Kangpokpi, by highlighting the essence of unity, peace, and tranquillity within the town and its vicinity.

Kangpokpi Inter Ward Tournament is the biggest and most prestigious sports festival of Kangpokpi town organised annually by Kangpokpi Youth Union in the beginning month of the New Year where all the 18 Wards/Vengs participate in the event.

The main category of the annual sports event is football and volleyball. In football, there are main, veteran and under-15 while in volleyball there are men's and women's volleyball. One team from each 18 wards is mandatory to participate in the main football and both men's and women's volleyball while veteran and under-15 football is not made mandatory.

The opening ceremony was attended by chief executive officer, Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council Kangpokpi James Doujapao Haokip as chief guest while social worker L Kipgen; and chairman Kangpokpi Town Committee Angam Leivon attended as guest of honour and president respectively.

Kangpokpi Youth Union president Haolet Khongsai led the presentation ceremony of the guests during his welcome speech after the chief guest hoisted the flag of KYU in the presence of other dignitaries.

All the dignitaries spoke on the occasion, emphasising the essence of unity, peace, and tranquillity in line with the theme of the event.

The opening match in the main football category between defending champion Vengthah and Ahsijolneng veng kicked off after inspection of players by the dignitaries.

Despite both teams having multiple chances, they failed to break the ice and the opening match ended with a goalless draw.

The defending champion team Vengthah players tied a black ribbon in their hands during the match to pay tribute to the departed soul of late Pagin Kipgen, who had been the team manager for the past many years in the ward tournament for the team.

Ngambom Veng had a dramatic 4-2 win over Enjakhup veng in the impressive second match. Lalgunmang of Ngambom veng become the first to score the first goal of the tournament as he found the opening in the 13th minutes before Seibem (16th), Manggou (30th), and Mamang (59th) added one goal each for the team while the newly created ward Enjakhup veng striker Letminlun became the first to score for the ward in the 20th minute before Letlal added another goal in the 45th minutes to lose the match 2-4 in the hands of Ngambom veng.

The participating wards are Jonlhing Veng, Tintong Veng, Vengthah, Chengjapao Veng, Lamdil Veng, Lendou Veng, Sipinthei Veng, Ngambom Veng, Japhal Veng, Dr.GG Crozier Veng, Khupting Veng, Moltinchan Veng, Kilkhong Veng, Kholmun Veng, Phungtin Veng, Nanglhun Veng, Ahsijolneng Veng and Enjakhup Veng.

In the main football, all the 18 wards are divided into four pools with four teams each in two pools and five teams each in another two pools for the league round where only two teams in each pool will be qualified for the knockout round.

In Veteran football, of 18 wards, 16 wards have registered for the event and they are divided into four pools with four teams each in each pool where only two teams from each pool will qualify for the knockout round.

With 15 teams from 15 wards, under-15 football will be held on a knockout basis from January 17 while Veteran football and men's and women's volleyball will begin from January 17.

On Friday, in the main football, Jonlhing Veng will play Lamdil Veng in the first match at 11 am while Dr GG Crozier Veng and Ahsijolneng Veng will play in the second match at 1 pm.

 

Kangpokpi Correspondent

Kangpokpi Correspondent

KANGPOKPI district, Manipur

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