IMPHAL, Sept 16 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has urged various sports associations of the State to work hard collectively to develop and enhance performance of their respective disciplines instead of indulging in infighting among themselves.
The CM was speaking at the Foundation Day of World Funaba Federation cum opening function of the State Level Funaba Championship 2018 at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium here on Sunday. Arjuna Awardee in Wushu M Bimoljit Singh, Wushu player Y Sapana and Archery player Paonam Lily Chanu were also feted with cash rewards at the function.
Stating that some sports associations of the State are apparently defunct due to groupism and infighting, Singh stressed on the need to give a chance to younger generation as well to serve these associations.
Observing that nothing can be achieved without discipline, the Chief Minister stated that discipline is the foundation of success in games and sports as well.
He also reiterated the need to hold a special seminar for two or three days to assess/review the performance shown by State players in the recent National and International tournaments.
The Chief Minister also said that the State Government is planning to bring experts/coaches from Tata Football Academy and Belgium to the State to train the young footballers of the State soon.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the function, the Chief Minister informed that some persons suspected to have involved in Tharoijam mob lynching incident had already been picked up by police. Stating that the State Government had already announced that such kind of barbaric act would not be tolerated, the Chief Minister said that all those involved in the crime would be punished according to the law.
Earlier during the function, the World Funaba Federation donated an ambulance to the State Government. Functionaries of the Federation led by its president Ranbir Singh Laishram handed over the key of the ambulance to the Chief Minister.