‘Northeast and Manipur have significantly contributed to taking forward the sports tradition of the country’ – PM
Imphal, Apr 24:
Two day ‘Chintan Shivir’ of Ministers of Youth Affairs & Sports of States/UTs begins today here in Imphal. Addressing the unique meet being held to make the nation fitter and making India into one of the biggest sporting powers in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through video conferencing said that many sportspersons from the Northeast have raised the glory of the Tricolour by winning medals for the country.
The Prime Minister highlighted the indigenous games of the region such as Sagol Kangjai, Thang-ta, Yubi Lakpi, Mukna and Hiang Tannaba, and said that they are very attractive in their own right. “Northeast and Manipur have significantly contributed to taking forward the sports tradition of the country”, Shri Modi added. Further explaining the indigenous games, the Prime Minister mentioned Oo-Lawabi of Manipur which resembles Kabaddi, Hiyang Tannaba reminds one of Kerala’s boat race. He also noted Manipur’s historical association with polo and said that the Northeast adds new colours to the country’s cultural diversity and provides new dimensions to the country’s sports diversity. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that Sports Ministers from all over the country will have a learning experience at the end of the ‘Chintan Shivir’.
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of the Chintan Shivir organized at the City Convention Centre, Imphal, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur stressed the need for the Centre and States to come together for the promotion of games and sports in the Country, by sharing ideas and strategies on developing the sector.
The Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister expressed thankfulness to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for the warm welcome and beautiful arrangement made for the Chintan Shivir.
Stating that this year’s conference is the third Chintan Shivir of YAS Ministers, he said that youths are the largest stakeholder of the Country and have a very important role in nation building. He further stressed the necessity of organizing such conferences in every state to develop the sports sector from the grassroot level.
Anurag Singh Thakur expressed that Manipur had contributed a lot in the field of sports, despite its small population compared to other larger states. Acknowledging the contribution, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had sanctioned for developing the first National Sports University in the State and an approximate amount of Rs. 900 crores will be spent for developing the University, he added. He also spoke on the popularity of indigenous games of Manipur, adding that the Central Government had also adopted many indigenous games in the Khelo India Programme. He further mentioned the importance of promoting and pushing our traditional games on the international level.
The Union Minister spoke on the achievements of sportspersons of the State, mentioning the names of sports personalities who had brought laurels for the country in national and international sporting events. He also mentioned the contribution of different states in different disciplines of sports, adding that women players had brought much achievement for the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister, Manipur N. Biren Singh observed that holding such a conference in Imphal also recognizes and highlights the significant contributions made by Manipuri sportspersons and youth towards nation building.
The Chief Minister continued that the State has a proud and vibrant sporting history and culture, adding that sportspersons from Manipur have brought laurels to India, in various disciplines of sports and produced numerous medalists, including 19 Olympians, despite its small population.
N. Biren was confident that the deliberations in the National Conference would help shape a framework for State Governments and stakeholders towards charting a trajectory for the country towards growth and development of youth and sports. Under pioneering initiatives like Khelo India, the Government continues to create the ideal environment for sports to thrive in India. As we mark 5 Years of Khelo India, the scheme has proved to be a catalyst in turning India into a sporting nation, giving a platform to grassroot athletes and building sports infrastructure across the country, he added.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India approved the opening of 32 Khelo India Centres across 16 districts of the State. Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in three sports disciplines of Archery, Hockey and Weightlifting would also start very soon, he said. He also informed that completion of National Sports University (NSU) is also underway and added that the University would play an important role in shaping the future of Sports in India. He also maintained that the State Government is extending every possible support to promote sports culture and sportspersons in the state.
N. Biren further informed that upgradation of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex through PPP model and as External Aided Projects are also underway. Integration of Sports Science, Use of Artificial Intelligence and video analysis in the training of young budding athletes in collaboration with private partners will help in developing sports in the state.
He expressed confidence that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India would harness our vast sporting talent effectively and would emerge as a great sporting nation.
Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh Banwarilal Purohit, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (YAS), Government of India Nisith Pramanik, YAS Minister of different States and Union Territories, Secretary (Sports) and Secretary (Youth Affairs), Chief Secretary, Manipur and senior officials of Government of India and various State Governments also attended the inaugural programme among others.
The Chintan Shivir will have sessions on various topics including Yuva Portal, Restructuring the National Youth Festival, Overview of Khelo India and other Schemes of Government of India, Innovation in Sport Sector, Issue and Challenges in Sports Governance and Improving engagement among stakeholders in sports sector.