Imphal: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday urged the industry to come forward and promote sports in the country. He also expressed his happiness at the overall performance by India in the recently held Tokyo Olympics in Japan and said that we should aim for even better next time.
The Vice President said that he feels energised and rejuvenated each time he visits the North-Eastern region of the country.
Calling all the eight North-Eastern states as the glittering jewels in India’s crown, Naidu described the scenic beauty and serenity of the hills coupled with the warmth of people here as a memorable experience.
The Vice President, who is on an eight-day tour to North-Eastern states Tuesday interacted with a group of achievers from Manipur who have left a mark in their respective fields.
Among those present at the event at Raj Bhawan, Imphal were Olympians, literary & cultural figures, artisans and teachers. Naidu praised them for their achievements and said that they should always keep aiming for excellence in their respective fields.
During the interaction, the Vice President was presented a pair of boxing gloves by India’s boxing legend M C Mary Kom. Naidu remarked in a lighter vein, “these are meant to protect me” after wearing the gloves.
Describing Manipur as the Powerhouse of Sports in India, he said that this small state leads the way when it comes to bringing glory to the nation in sports. “Manipur’s Olympians have done the state and the nation proud indeed,” he added.
Praising the sportspersons from the state for keeping India’s flag flying high, Naidu said “You are also role models and a fountainhead of inspiration for thousands of aspiring sportspersons across the nation.”
The Vice President expressed his happiness at the performance of Indian sportspersons during the recent Tokyo Olympics and said that we should aim for even better next time.
Noting that the state and central government are making efforts for encouraging sports, he urged the industry to come forward and promote sports. He also asked the state governments to create sports infrastructure and training facilities right up to village level.