Minister Letpao appeals sports bodies to unite

IMPHAL, 11th Oct: Condemning divisive politics played by sports bodies in the state, YAS minister Letpao Haokip has appealed to all sports association to work collectively for the promotion of talents of the state’s sportspersons.
The minister was speaking as chief guest at the inauguration of a multipurpose indoor hall at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, here on Thursday. Construction of the hall started in 2015 with Manipur Development Society (MDS) as the construction agency. The project cost of Rs 3 crore was funded under the 13th Finance Commission.
The function was also attended by YAS secretary Bobby Waikhom, YAS director Armstrong Pame, top officials of the department and MDS, and hundreds of young sports players.
Speaking on the occasion, Letpao expressed concern over the declining performances of the state at the national and international events and said that if the trend continues, potential of state’s players will be nibbed in the bud and Manipur will not be synonymous with ‘sports powerhouse’ tag anymore.

The main reason for the decline is the divisive politics played by sports associations and bodies of almost all sports disciplines in the state, he noted and appealed to all sports bodies to let go of their egos and unite for the collective good of the future of sports.
The minister further said that he is raising the matter not as a sports minister, but as a citizen of the state and as a lover of sports and the pride one gets when players excel in the field across all ranks and status. He appealed to all to work together and unite for regaining the level of excellence of the state’s sporting talents.
Talking about the multipurpose hall, Letpao urged the players to derive maximum benefits from the facility and to maintain it properly and responsibly. He expressed hope that such new infrastructure will help in producing more legends like Mary Kom and Sanjita Chanu. Other minor shortcomings such as girls’ changing room and iron grills for the windows will be put up soon, he assured.
YAS secretary Bobby Waikhom and director Armstrong Pame also termed the multipurpose indoor hall as a positive development in the sports history of the state while stating that the hall will highly benefit players.

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