IMPHAL: ABVP Northeast Jana Sampark Pramukh Mahesh Bhagavath and delegation of ABVP Manipur met and felicitated Oinam Bembem Devi, the first Indian woman footballer to win Padma Shri, at her residence at Pisumthong Oinam Leikai, Imphal on Wednesday.
The football superstar interacted with the delegation and shared about her various experiences and stories.
Also known as ‘The Durga of Indian Football’ Oinam Bembem won Arjuna Award in 2017, won AIFF Womens Footballer of the year twice (2001 and 2013). The Indian Women’s Football Team won multiple titles and two gold medals at the South Asian Games under her leadership. Later, she hung up her boots to focus on the managerial side of the game and has been involved with U-15, U-16, U-17 women’s National Teams. And she has been conferred Padma Shri award this year and will be awarded by the President in April.
Apart from her decades long career filled with substantial achievements, it is disheartening to know that Oinam Bembem Devi is not getting the deserving support or acknowledgement neither from the side of the state Government, the concerned Organisations or the public. ABVP Manipur stands with her and many other deserving sportspersons of the State who are not in the limelight apart from their achievements, the ABVP said.
ABVP Manipur also congratulated her and wished her all the very best.