Updated 24 Jun 2022, 5:07 pm
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that sporting spirit of the state helped to overcome the high HIV incidence rate in Manipur during the Olympic Day Run 2022 event held at the Courtyard of the Olympic Bhavan, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal on Thursday.
Biren flagged off the Olympic Day Run and extended his best wishes to all sports players for a better future and to bring laurels to the state, at the event that was organized by the Manipur Olympic Association on the occasion of World Olympic Day 2022, which is observed on June 23 every year.
Stating that games and sports had always contributed a lot towards bringing a healthy and disciplined society, the chief minister assured that the state government would provide all possible support for development in the particular field. He maintained that the sporting spirit of the state had helped to overcome the high rate of HIV infection in Manipur.
Mentioning that the government had always been doing their best for the welfare of sportspersons despite its scarce resources, the chief minister assured to provide all necessary support for organizing State Games and Youth National Games in the state.
Biren further stated that the government would take up steps to construct grounds in all 16 districts under Khelo India and to set up Centre of Excellence, considering the importance of sports in shaping the society.
He said the government had already started providing financial assistance to various sports clubs. Pension scheme for sportsperson who represented in national and international tournaments, irrespective of discipline, has been started, he said.
The Daily Allowances for sportspersons participating in the national-level competitions was increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500, he said.
The government is coming up with the Chief Minister’s Annual Sagol Kangjei Championship. It would be of much support to Sagol Kangjei players and pony breeders, he added.
President, Manipur Olympic Association and MLA of Heirok, Dr Th Radheshyam Singh stated that the Olympic Day is observed in the state with the motto to stand together for a peaceful Manipur and added games and sports had always taken an important role in maintaining peace and sense of brotherhood in the state.
Development of a society is possible only when peace prevails, he added.
Biren paid his salute to all the Olympians and senior sportspersons for bringing a movement of sports in the state.
President, Manipur Basketball Association and MLA of Keishamthong AC Shri Nishikant Sapam, President, All Manipur Mukna Association and MLA of Wangkhei AC Shri Th. Arunkumar Singh, Director General of Police, Manipur Shri P. Doungel, Commissioner, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Bobby Waikhom, Government officials and sportspersons also attended the programme among others.
The Olympic Day Run was participated by many young and budding sports players of different disciplines. (DIPR)
First published:24 Jun 2022, 3:57 am
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