By Our Sports Reporter
IMPHAL, Aug 4 : Four international fencers, one coach who represented India in the Asian Fencing Championship 2019 held in Tokyo from June 13 to 18 this year were feted along with the donor of the recently conducted 15th Governor's Cup State Level Fencing championship, officials and technical officials at the residence of Wakambam Ranjit Singh at Laipham Khunou Mayai Leikai today.
It may be mentioned that Wanglembam Thoibi, Phandom Anita Chani, Khushburani Laishram and Thingujam Diana were in the Indian team which took part in the Asian event and Hajarimayum Haripyari was among the team officials as a coach.
The felicitation programme organised by Manipur Fencing Association was graced by Health Minister, L Jayantakumar; Th Jaykumar Singh, president Manipur Fencing Association and Sunil Elangbam, secretary, Manipur Olympic Association as presidium members who also encouraged the international players, coach and the officials of the State level event with simple presents.
In his address, the chief guest of the function, L Jayantakumar appealed all to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the mind of the athletes of the State so that they could work progressively and showcase their best in all competitions. The Minister pointed out that the State often witnessed athletes making big breaks at the beginning but failed to sustain their impression and forms as the competition level go higher, which is saddening and demoralizing. All efforts should be made to find out and eliminate the causes which are hindering the performance and morale of the athletes, he continued while maintaining that he is determined to set up an Ayush Sports Medicine Unit in the State very soon.