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Manipur CM inaugurates Thangal Memorial Open football tourney

By Our Correspondent Updated: Mar 10, 2021 10:55 pm
N Biren singh opening the football tourney by kicking a ball at Mayangkhang in Manipur on Wednesday.

Our Correspondent
Imphal, March 10 (EMN): Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh kicked off the 1st General Thangal Memorial Open football tournament 2021 at a function at Mayangkhang playground, Kangpokpi district on Wednesday. The tournament which is to be held from March 10 to March 30 is being organised by Thangal Students’ Union.

The chief minister also laid the foundation stone for installation of the statue of General Thangal and paid homage to the portrait of the great leader. N Biren Singh was accorded a warm welcome by the people of Thangal community who were dressed in their traditional costumes.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that General Thangal was one of the ‘great leaders who fought against the mighty British to save their motherland’ and it was because of their contributions that the people of Manipur live their life freely today.

Maintaining that many other unknown soldiers had also sacrificed their lives in defending the freedom of the state, he expressed that the people should not forget these unknown soldiers and should pay homage to them.  

He also assured that the Manipur government would try to complete the installation of the statue of General Thangal and unveil it on August 13 (Patriots’ Day) this year. An amount of one crore rupees had been sidelined for this statue. He further informed that Thangal General Ecological Park at Mayangkhang would be enlarged and a gate would also be installed to a proper place after consulting the Thangal Community. He also added that the Senapati Water Supply project would be inaugurated before March 31 this year.

Stating that there was  no religion and politics in sports, he assured that the government would consult with All Manipur Football Association to recognise the General Thangal Memorial Open Football Tournament to the state level and a separate fund would also be allocated for organising the tournament. He also stated that a statue of Chirai Thangal, also known as Chirai Naga, would be installed at a proper place in Imphal area.

Asserting that bandhs and blockades hinder developmental works, he appealed to the public to approach the concerned authority with their grievances rather than resorting to such acts. He also appealed to the players participating in the tournament to play fair.

Meanwhile, PHED Minister Losii Dikho said that Thangal community, although a small community, had witnessed great leaders in the past and so the youths of the community should try to live up to the level of the leaders following their paths. He also appealed to the players to participate in the tournament seriously.

Advisor to chief minister Ngamthang Haokip, Commissioner M Joy, Deputy Commissioners Th Kiranumar(Senapati), Somorjit Salam(Kangpokpi), leaders of civil society organisations and student unions also attended the function among others.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Mar 10, 2021 10:55:01 pm