Imphal: Governor Anusuiya Uikey has said that the purpose of games and sports is primarily to inculcate the ideas of discipline, orderliness, team spirit, leadership qualities and patriotism in young minds. She was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 17th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup, 2023 held on Sunday at the Indoor Stadium in Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.
The Governor said that if the youth are properly associated with sports, they will use their sporting qualities in their daily lives which will make our nation vibrant. She said that Manipur has a rich heritage of martial arts like Thang-Ta which is an important component of the culture of the people. Manipuri Martial arts have been a distinctive feature of the State’s history and civilization.
The Governor continued that Taekwondo is a sport discipline and a form of self-defence using bare hands and feet. It has become one of the most popular sports in the world and is played by more than 40 million people from more than 142 countries in the world. This game is becoming popular in the State and has also produced many talented players. Different forms of Taekwondo are practiced in the world today for fitness, entertainment and self-defence. This allows the age old tradition to survive in this highly competitive modern world, she added.
Acknowledging the contribution of the youth of the State in the field of sports, the Governor said that many players of Manipur are playing in different disciplines of sports representing India and they are bringing laurels for the nation.
She said that we all are proud of them and hopes that they will bring fame in future too. The Governor thanked the players, officials and organisers of the tournament and wished them for success in their future endeavours.
The Governor handed over the overall team champion 2023 trophy to Union Taekwondo Academy, Yumnam Leikai.
Th. Satyabrata Singh, Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, Konkham Robindro, Chairman, MANIDCO also attended the ceremony. Bobby Waikhom, President, All Manipur Taekwondo Association handed over cash incentives to the winning teams of 16th Governor’s Taekwondo Cup, 2022, in the ceremony.