Underscoring the need to promote sportspersons of the State, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Letpao Haokip today announced that the daily remuneration given to sportspersons of any disciplines who represent the State in the National level will be increased to Rs. 1,000 per day from the existing amount of Rs. 200 per day.
Shri Letpao Haokip was speaking as the chief guest of the felicitation function organized by Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation in honour of its students who won medals in the recently concluded State level boxing championship today at Mary Kom-SAI Boxing Academy, National Games Village.
Regardless of the players winning medal or not, sportspersons of any disciplines who represent the State in the National level would be given daily remuneration of Rs 1000, the Minister said while adding that officials of the department would be directed to implement the same immediately.
Emphasising that nutritious diets are must to every sportsperson, Shri Letpao Haokip also said that the Government will do its best to ensure that quality food/diets are served to trainee sportspersons under Special Area Games (SAG).
He said that the existing practice of awarding tender to caterers for sportspersons would also be streamlined so that the quality of food served to the players/trainee sportspersons is enhanced.
Exhorting the budding boxers, Shri Letpao Haokip urged them to dream big and pursue their dream with grit, determination and perseverance in order that the State as well as the county continues to bask on their glories. “If Mary can, why can’t you do?” the Minister said while encouraging the young boxers to shine in the National and International arenas.
Lauding the MKRBF for mentoring many promising boxers mostly from economically weak background, the Minister also wished the foundation produces many fine boxers in the days to come.
Boxers of MKRBF who represented their respective district and won laurels in the recently concluded State level boxing championship were feted. 15 boxers of the foundation won gold in the championship. 19 won silver and 19 other boxers won bronze. Gold medal winners were presented a cash reward of Rs. 10,000 each while Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 5,000 were given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively.
Amongst others, founder of MKRBF Smt. MC Mary Kom, Hon’ble MP (Rajya Sabha) and five time World boxing champion and Shri SK Sharma, DIGP, CRPF, Range Imphal exhorted the young and promising boxers of the academy during the programme. (DIPR)