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Sports Ministry sanctions Rs 5 lakh for family of deceased footballer Manitombi Singh

Defender Manitombi, who died in August at the age of 39, in Imphal after long illness, was the only earning member of his family and is survived by his parents, wife and an eight-year-old son.

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New Delhi: The Sports Ministry on Friday sanctioned Rs 5 lakh to the family of deceased Manipuri Footballer Manitombi Singh with an effort to ease the financial crisis of the family.

Defender Manitombi, who died in August at the age of 39, in Imphal after a long illness, was the only earning member of his family and is survived by his parents, wife and an eight-year-old son.

Manitombi, a former Mohun Bagan player, played for India in the 2002 LG Cup in Vietnam and was also a part of the national team in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

Speaking about the decision, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “Manitombi has contributed significantly to Indian football. He also contributed as a coach in Manipur. His demise is indeed a loss for the sporting community. When we learnt about the financial crisis that the family is facing after his death, extending support to them was a duty upon us. It is of prime importance for the Government to support all our athletes, past and present, as well as those who have dedicated their life to the sport as coaches, sports administrators, support staff and in similar roles.”

The grant of Rs 5 lakh was sanctioned under the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for sportspersons.

The sports ministry has been consistently helping athletes in need of financial support through this fund. With agency inputs

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