IMPHAL: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with the officials of Youth Affairs and Sports Department inspected the work progress of laying of astro-turf at Langjing Achouba football ground in Imphal West District and installation of flood lighting system at Main Stadium and Hockey Stadium at Khuman Lampak in Imphal East District today.
Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that laying of astro-turf and installation of flood lighting systems would be completed by mid-February this year. Biren further said that football training is being given to young players in around 30 grassroots football schools across the State. Almost all the districts except Pherzawl, Kakching and Tamenglong now have grassroots football schools, the Chief Minister said and added that works are in progress to begin session for the Centre of Excellence for Football at Khuman Lampak as well. He said that around 45 young players would be provided education and football training facilities at the Centre.
The government is also planning to train girl players as well in consultation with international players like Ngangom Bala Devi. Sports movement would not only help build up a healthy society but also inculcate discipline among children and youth.
Regarding apprehension of discontinuation of some sports disciplines in SAI Takyelpat and SAI Khuman Lampak, the Chief Minister said that he had talked to Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, and there is nothing to worry.
The Chief Minister also inspected the condition of a building located at Khuman Lampak where players of Centre for Excellence of Football will stay.