Manipur Governor wishes athletes luck ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Imphal, July 17 (EMN): Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla has conveyed her best wishes to the 119 Tokyo bound Indian athletes who will be competing in 85 medal events in the Tokyo Olympics Games to begin from July 23 to Aug. 8.
“Best wishes to the Indian contingent heading to @Tokyo2020 Olympics. I am sure they will bring laurels to the nation. Let us all come together and #Cheer4India,” Governor Dr. Heptulla tweeted.
Conveying the pride the nation feels for those who have represented India in the Olympics over the years, she categorically conveyed her best wishes to five athletes from Manipur — MC Mary Kom (Boxing), Likmabam Sushila (Judo), Pukhrambam Sushila (Hockey), Sanglakpam Nilakanta (Hockey) and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) who would be participating in Tokyo Olympics.
“Most importantly, out of five athletes, four are females and only one is male in four disciplines: Boxing, Judo, Hockey and Weightlifting,” says Raj Bhavan Imphal in a press release.
On June 28, state Chief Minister N Biren Singh while launching selfie point to cheer Indian Olympic contingents at Chief Minister’s official bungalow in Imphal, had announced cash awards for sportspersons who bag medals in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics Games.
He said that the government would hand over a cash award of INR 1.2 crore to gold medal winners, INR 1 crore for silver medal winners and INR 75 lakhs for bronze medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics from the state besides providing a cash incentive of INR 25 lakh to all the five participants from the state.
So far, Manipur popularly known as a sporting powerhouse has produced 19 Olympians.