In an endeavour to motivate youth to take up sports, Manipur recently hosted a number of sporting events, including a football tournament and an equestrian event.
Recently, the 56th edition of Sir Churachand Singh KCSI, CBE memorial football tournament was organised by the All Manipur football association. It is the biggest and a much awaited football event in the Northeast.
The tournament was instituted in 1950 in the memory of late maharajah of Manipur Sir Churachand Singh. A total of 27 teams took part in the event.
In its final leg, North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association club (NEROCA) of Sangakpham, the defending champions, retained the coveted title after a pulsating penalty-shoot against a lackluster Assam regimental centre (ARC), Shillong.
"Through this competition the players from Manipur can showcase their talent. Sports lovers also enjoyed watching football. And young football stars can also develop their skills by watching a good game," said L Ranjit Roy, General Secretary, AMFA.
The state also hosted the 10th edition of the Director General Assam Rifles Cup State Equestrian Championship at the Polo Ground in Imphal
The DGAR Cup was instituted in 2003 and over the years, it has turned into an annual mega event keenly contested by equestrian enthusiasts from all across Manipur.
Twelve clubs, with more than 100 riders in junior, senior and girls' category, participated in the championship. The championship is aimed at encouraging the game of Polo.
"It is going good. Numbers of Riders are increasing year by year. Now there are more than 100 riders as compared to earlier when there were 20 to 30," said Dr. S. Joykumar Singh
The youth of the region are increasingly opting for sports as a career as more and more opportunities emerge. (ANI)