Grand reception of 5 Manipur Olympians on August 21

Imphal: A grand reception of all five Olympians of Manipur who participated in Tokyo Olympics 2020 would be held on August 21 wherein cash rewards and job appointment orders would be handed over to them honouring their achievements, chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Wednesday.

Manipur government has been putting in best possible efforts to develop infrastructures in the field of games and sports despite its less resource, Biren said.

Biren made the statements while attending the reception ceremony of Judo Olympian Likmabam Sushila Chanu held at Heingang Marjing Lai Haraopham, Imphal East on Tuesday.

The government had come up with a policy to give priority to those disciplines in which the players from the state could succeed and excel at the international level, he said.

Regarding the announcement of the state government’s reward to Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra with Rs 1 crore Biren said Manipur being called as the power house of Indian sports should also show respect and honour the achievements of players from other states to show that the Manipur is always in forefront when it comes to games and sports.

Stating that societies with people of good character, manners and mutual respect are must for taking the state to its path of progress, he said it is through the youth’s participation in games and sports that they can be imbibed with such characters. Expressing his hopefulness that more athletes from the state would be qualified for Paris Olympics 2024, he also encouraged Sushila to continue putting extra efforts in her training so that the latter could bag gold medal in the next Olympic Games.

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