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BJP Fetes State Players

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Along with hosting a reception function in honor of Manipuri players who represented India and won many medals in the 16th Asian Games and 19th Commonwealth Games, BJP State Unit has encouraged the players.

During the reception function hosted in the office of the State BJP unit here today, party president Sh Shantikumar also presented gifts and monetary incentives to the players.

Kangabam Sanahanbi, who was among the gold medal winning Kabaddi team, was given Rs 34,000, Gold medalist in Weightlifter Yumnam Renubala Chanu was given Rs 51,000, silver medalist in Wushu W Sandhyarani was given Rs 25,000, bronze medalist in weightlifting Laishram Monika was presented Rs 15,000, bronze medalist in Wushu M Bimoljit was also presented Rs 15,000, gold medalist in boxing M Suranjoy was given Rs 66,000 and gold medalist in team event of Archery Bombayla was given Rs 34,000.

Bronze medalist in Archery Kh Bheigyabati was given felicitated at the occasion.

Speaking at the occasion, the players expressed apprehension over the possibility of more and more players from Manipur migrating to other States in search of job and better opportunities if the Govt of Manipur lack behind in encouraging its own players.

They also expressed unhappiness over the alleged failure of the Government of Manipur to extend incentives to the players despite having announced that job and reward would be given to the medalists.

In his address, State unit BJP president Sh Shantikumar observed many good players who have brought laurels to the State want to stay in Manipur. But they have been encouraged to migrate to other States as the Government has not keep its promise of providing jobs and financial incentives.

Alleging that Sports Minister has not been keen on development of sports in the State, Shantikumar noted that a sports factory could be set up in Manipur if the players were given job.

He also assured every possible assistance from the side of the BJP to the players in the future as well.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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