Imphal, Jun 23 (DIPR) : Chief Minister N Biren Singh flagged off Olympic Day Run, 2022 from the courtyard of the Olympic Bhavan, Khuman Lampak today.
The event was organized by the Manipur Olympic Association as a part of World Olympic Day which is observed on June 23 every year.
At the occasion, N Biren Singh extended his best wishes to all the sportspersons of the State and asked them to work harder to bring laurels to the State.
Stating that games and sports had always contributed a lot towards bringing a healthy and disciplined society, the Chief Minister assured that the State Government would provide all possible support for the development in the particular field.
Mentioning that the Government had always been giving their best for the welfare of sportspersons, the Chief Minister assured to provide all necessary support to organise State Games and Youth National Games in the State.
He further stated that the Government would initiate measures to construct a ground in all the 16 districts of Manipur under Khelo India apart from setting up a Centre of Excellence.
He informed that the Government had already started providing financial assistance to various sports clubs.
A pension scheme for sportspeople who have represented in National and International tournaments had also been launched, N Biren said and continued that daily allowances for sportspersons who participated in the National level competitions had been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500.
The Chief Minister also informed that the Government will organise a Chief Minister's Sagol Kangjei Championship annually to encourage Sagol Kangjei players and pony breeders.
Manipur Olympic Association president cum Heirok AC MLA Dr Th Radheshyam Singh stated that the Olympic Day is being observed in the State to establish a peaceful Manipur.
He also saluted all the Olympians and senior sportspersons of Manipur for their contribution in the field of games and sports.
Manipur Basketball Association president cum Keishamthong AC MLA Nishikant Singh Sapam, All Manipur Mukna Association president cum Wangkhei AC MLA Th Arunkumar Singh, Director General of Police P Doungel, Commissioner of Youth Affairs and Sports Bobby Waikhom and several other Government officials and sportspersons also attended the programme among others.
The Olympic Day Run was participated by many young and budding sports players of different disciplines.