Imphal: Reception functions of the newly appointed president of Hockey India Gyanendro Ningombam were held at United Youth Club, Kanglatongbi and TYC, Tendongyan, an affiliated unit under Imphal West Hockey.
Gyanendro Ningombam, heartedly thanked Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for his assurances to set up 16 5-A side astro turfs in all sixteen districts of Manipur in the near future. He said that this will boost the activity and promotion of the game of hockey in the state as well overall development to nurture the budding talents in every nook and corner of the state. With this pace of hockey promotion and development programme, Manipur state will produce maximum numbers of talented players and Olympian in the near future, he continued.
On the occasion, president of Manipur Hockey Basudev Singh advised the young players to choose the right path and stay away from bad company and environment and urged all to pledge for a drug free society through sports.
During the occasion, Gyanendro Ningombam presented ten hockey sticks and four balls to TYC, Tengdongyan.
Joint Secretary of Hockey India cum vice-president of Manipur Hockey Ph. Nirmalata Devi, Joint Secretary Manipur Hockey Rameshore, president Hockey Unit Imphal West Maisnam Birjit Singh, vice-president of Hockey Unit Imphal West Soraisam (O) Naobi Devi and S. Purnima, Secretary of Hockey Unit Imphal West K. Pravashchandra attended the function.