State Government set on the right track when it involved Manipur Development Society in the development of sports. Two month football training programme launched under the supervision of a British footballer and sponsored by MDS will go a long way in the promotion of the game. Similar programme need to be organised for other sports discipline also by involving Government departments. IFCD can be asked to sponsor a training programme on hockey. Likewise PWD for promotion of boxing. There are hundreds of sports disciplines, which cannot flourish for want of fund. If there is proper flow of fund training programmes will be galore, which will yield better result. Manipur is sports power house. In the NE sports meet Manipur continues to occupy coveted position. In the national games also Manipur is the reigning champion among states. If the services consisting of talented sports persons of the country do not participate in the National Games none will be able to beat Manipur in medal tally. The other states in NE region are consciously pondering how Manipur promotes sports in Manipur. Involvement of Government departments in the promotion of the games will be eye opener to other states. It will not be surprising when other states imitate what Manipur is doing in its own land. The domineering role played by sports stars of the state in the field of sports has earned a place of importance for Manipur enviable to other states. Now Manipur is up. It will never be down again. Because realisation has dawned in the minds of those at the helms of affairs. Minus sports Manipur stands nowhere. There is a saying common men’s views shape the opinion of the men in power. As the Government takes up more sports development programmes it fulfils the expectations of the masses, who are thirsty for more achievement. Sports lovers in particular and people of the state as a whole love to see yellowish glittering medal worn by sports stars at end of a competition. We have seen the yellowish colour medal worn by Manipuri in Asian Games and bronze in Olympic. More need to be achieved. The thirst for medal is increasing as the Asian games approaches slated for next year. Chief Minister O. Ibobi having ruled the state for more than 11 years has found time to focus on sports. He will continue to do so. His speech made at the inaugural function reveals what is in store. Sports persons are happy. If they are happy the entire masses are also happy. If not for making the masses happy why should we elect a Government to rule over us? Go ahead do more. Manipur has reaped the benefit of having a stable and powerful Government.
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