8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship begins Need to develop hockey infrastructure: Y Joykumar

8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship begins Need to develop hockey infrastructure: Y Joykumar

IMPHAL, Jan 7 (DIPR):Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar said, “To develop the game of Hockey in the State, infrastructures has to be developed.” He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 at Khuman Lampak Astro Turf Hockey Stadium in Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal today.
Deputy Chief Minister said, “Astro Turf Hockey Stadium at least one each to all the districts has to be developed so that players can avail the facility to train themselves. Besides this, proper coaching facility with qualified Coaches should also be made available.” He said that the State has the potential to produce players which can compete up to the international level and such facilities will help them considerably.
Manipur has produced a number of hockey players who brought laurels to the country in the recent past. Many players have been participating in the National and international events representing Manipur and the country. Organising such a national championship will be a good chance for the players to develop their skills, he added.
Joykumar Singh also asked the concerned officials to expedite ways to develop sports infrastructures in the state.
Ashabuddin, MLA while speaking at the inaugural ceremony said, sports have a great significance not only from the point of view of competition and winning medals but to inculcate a higher level of culture where people are identified with energy, vigor and active life style. It also plays a crucial role in developing our mental as well as physical strength which are the hallmark for success in every field, he added.
He appealed the officials of Manipur Hockey and concerned authority to organize Hockey development programmes in Jiribam district.
Director, Youth Affairs & Sports N Praveen Singh, Secretary General, Manipur Olympic Association, Sunil Elangbam and Tapan Kumar Das, Treasurer, Hockey India also spoke on the occasion.
Altogether, 32 teams from across the country are participating in the Championship which is being organised by Manipur Hockey under the aegis of Hockey India.
In the opening match, Sports Authority of Gujarat team defeated Manipur 3-2.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hockey India, Elina Norman and officials of Manipur Hockey also attended among others in the opening ceremony.

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