Victor Asks Tangkhuls To Promote Sports

Victor Keishing kick-starts the Sports Festival at Phungyar. Image Credit: Sangai Photo

IMPHAL, May 11: Management of Tribal Areas (MATA) director and social activist Victor Keishing has called upon the Tangkhul youngsters to widen their horizon and strive for excellence in sports among other professions.

Speaking at the inaugural program of the second Open Premier League, an annual multi-sports festival, at Phungyar sub-divisional headquarters this morning as the chief guest, Victor Keishing, youngest son of six children of Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing, noted remorsefully that inspite of Manipur being a powerhouse of sports in the country there are not many sportspersons from the Tangkhul community who had excelled at the national or international level competitions.

Even though there is lack of sports infrastructure in the hill districts, especially Ukhrul district, and is understandable that such a disparity is one of the impediments in grooming world class athletes from among the Tangkhuls, substantial presence of Tangkhul population in the valley areas and their accessibility to modern sports infrastructure provides no room to justify that talented Tangkhul sportspersons are discriminated, he expressed.

Exhorting the Tangkhul youngsters to hone their skills so as to bring laurel to the community, State and country, Victor also pledged to contribute his mite in the promotion of sports among the Tangkhuls.

Expressing that the society can reap benefits from sports movement and its promotion, for discipline is the hallmark of any sports discipline, he also wished successful conduct of the 10-day sports festival, where competitions would be held in football and volleyball for both boys and girls.

Rowing team event bronze medal winner in the 34th edition of the National Games held at Jharkhand, Miss Zingranphy also attended the inaugural program as a guest of honor. In all players of 20 teams from different villages of Phungyar and Kamjong sub-divisions are taking part in the sports festival, where cultural programs and beauty contest would also be showcased.

After inaugurating the sports festival, Victor Keishing also toured various villages of Phungyar sub-division to take stock of the villagers’ grievances. He also donated Rs 1.5 lakh to Oriental Club as fund for various welfare activities to be undertaken by the youth organization.

(Courtesy:  The Sangai Express)

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