Imphal, Jan 18: The five day long 1st Chief Minister’s Indigenous Martial Arts (Thang-Ta/Cheibi) Meet 2020 was opened by N. Biren, Chief Minister of Manipur at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, on Saturday, organized by Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of Manipur.
Chief guest of the function, N. Biren Singh remembered the talent and capability of our forefather in Thang-Ta and Sarit Sarak who defeated the enemy. He said that Thang-Ta played a vital role in protecting Manipur from invaders in its 2000 years of civilization. However, it apparently had lost its essence in the past few decades, he opined.
As such, the State Government has been actively exploring means to revive the age-old art form. So, the State Government decided to organise a martial arts championship as a calendar event every year towards this end.
The Chief Minister said that the Government’s intention is to encourage the youth and children to learn martial arts so that they stay away from drugs and intoxicants. It would also help not only in building a healthy society but also in inculcating discipline among them, he added.
N. Biren also expressed his desire to set up martial arts learning centres in every village in both hill and valley areas of the State.
Informing that 43 different associations are taking part in this competition, the Chief Minister urged the organiser to put in more effort to two-fold increase this figure in the next year’s championship.
Stating that the present Government takes the task of popularising martial arts is of prime importance, the Chief Minister also urged the public to join hands in this regard. He further opined that there is need to forget personal ambitions to achieve a collective goal.