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Manipur govt to develop astro turf hockey field in all 16 districts

Manipur CM N. Biren Singh assured that grants would be provided to the clubs, which produce international players

By Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh 

Imphal, Jan. 10: One hockey astro turf will be developed in all the 16 districts of the state at the earliest, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh, who is also the patron-in-chief of Manipur Hockey, said.

Biren Singh declared this as he launched the official website of Manipur Hockey (www.manipurhockey.com) in a function held at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong in Imphal East on Saturday.

The state government has been exploring different ways to develop sports in the state,  Biren Singh said. 

He said flood lighting facilities had been installed both at Khuman Lampak main stadium and hockey stadium.

He said Rs 50 lakh each had been provided to NEROCA-FC and TRAU-FC, which are playing men’s I-league. 

He said that a similar amount would also be given to KRYPHSA-FC, which is playing Indian Women’s League, as well. 

CM assures of grants

The chief minister also assured that grants would be provided to the clubs, which produce international players.

He also urged all the organisations, 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 asserted that organizations should leave aside all forms of personal interests.

It is the right time to enhance performance and popularize the game when state native Gyanendro Ningombam is the president of India Hockey, he added.

Manipur keeps contributing to Hockey India

Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam has a total of 150 international caps for Indian team to her credit. 

Pangambam Nilkomol Singh is regarded as “the first Olympian of Manipur (India)”. He represented India at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in field hockey.

Thoiba Singh was an Indian field hockey player, who represented India at the Olympics and Asian Games. He played as a left-winger and was known for his speed and stamina. 

Names of past hockey players from Manipur mentionable are Brojen Singh (male), Tingongleima Devi (female), Surjalata Devi (female), L. Tiken Singh (male), M. Kulajit Meitei ( male). 

Many others who have represented the country are players like Kothajit Singh (female), Chinglensana Singh (male), Pinky Devi (female), Lily Chanu Mayengbam( female) and N.Sanarik Chanu (female).

Our person in Manipur, Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh started out as an audio-visual reporter in 2004 and later found his calling with print media, in 2014. A man for all seasons...