Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over the Manipur Olympian Park, which was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah last week, to the people of the state on Friday. The park was created to honour the 19 Manipur Olympians and to encourage players in the state. The park is located in the Sangaithel area of Imphal West.
Speaking as the chief guest at the function, the chief minister acknowledged the contributions of local clubs in moulding the careers of the 19 Olympians, who brought respect and recognition to the state and country. The Chief Minister referred to the Olympians as ‘Living Legends’ and made an appeal towards creating a healthy society free from drugs.
Acknowledging the rich sporting culture and love for sports, the state has been referred to as a “powerhouse of sports,” and the first National Sports University has been set up in the state, he added.
N. Biren Singh said that suitable government jobs were given to the sportspersons who won gold medals at national and international level as a part of a one-time solution in the past. The same will be continued in the near future, he added.
The Chief Minister asked everyone to create and promote “one Manipur,” where there is no division based on caste, religion, tribe, or hills and valleys. Appreciating the village chiefs and CSO leaders, N. Biren Singh said that villagers have started destroying poppy plants in the hills voluntarily. “Through collaboration and collaborative efforts, we can eradicate the drug menace,” he added.
Stating that his government has been delivering lots of development projects in all corners of the state, the Chief Minister urged the people to have a sense of ownership over the different public properties and take care of them.
It may be mentioned that the park was constructed by Keystone Infra Pvt. Ltd. under the Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd.
Cabinet Ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Nemcha Kipgen, L. Susindro Meitei, H. Dingo Singh, Th. Basantakumar Singh, Khasim Vashum, Chairpersons, MLAs, government officials, Olympians, and their family members attended the function.