Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the official website of Manipur Hockey www.manipurhockey.com in a function held at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong in Imphal East District today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has been exploring different ways to develop sports in the State. He stated that flood lighting facilities had been installed both at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium. N Biren Singh, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of Manipur Hockey, said that one hockey astro turf each would be developed in all the 16 districts of the State at the earliest.
The Chief Minister said that Rs. 50 lakhs each had been provided to NEROCA-FC and TRAU-FC, which are playing men’s I-league. He said that similar amount would also be given to KRYPHSA-FC, which is playing Indian Women’s League, as well. The Chief Minister also assured that grants would be provided to the clubs, which produce international players.
He also urged all the organizations including different sports associations of the State to stop indulging in groupism and infighting among themselves. Stating that they should work collectively and unitedly under one leadership instead of fragmenting their organization into different groups, he urged organizations to leave aside all forms of personal interests.
The Chief Minister maintained, it is the right time to enhance performance and popularize the game when State native Shri Gyanendro Ningombam is the president of India Hockey.
India Hockey president Shri Gyanendro Ningombam and Hockey Manipur president Shri Basudev Singh were seated on the dais as dignitaries.