IMPHAL: Hundreds of people including parents, guardians and trainees of Sports Authority of India/Sports Training Centre (SAI/STC) Khuman Lampak on Tuesday took out to the streets to protest against the shifting of the centre to another location.
They first gathered at Khoyathong traffic junction and shouted different slogans like, save SAI/STC, without foundation of players we could not produce high level players; we condemned withdraw of four events Fencing, Wushu, Weightlifting and Swimming among others.
Police personnel were deployed in the surrounding areas as a preventive measure to avoid unwanted incident. The atheletes training at the centre lie on the black top and shouted various slogans. Later, the trainees and parents/guardians gathered again at Minuthong Bridge and shouted the same slogans again.
Speaking to media persons during the protest, a parent Yengkhom Tenu said that the protest was to give pressure to the state government and had began from January 16 but now it is already January 26 but no appropriate action has being taken up so far. She added that a written application was submitted to the concerned minister but no positive measures have been taken up so far. The original plan was to remove all the discipline from the centre but with the effort from the side of chief minister, six events were exempted but unfortunately four events including fencing, wushu, weightlifting and swimming have been withdrawn from the centre.
It is also said that among the four disciplines three namely fencing, wushu and weightlifting will be transferred to Takyel SAI but swimming will be completely closed down from the centre. We parents’ do not want to keep our children at the place where there is no foundation and career. Let the entire players of the Centre remains at the same place where they have been training, the parents said. Mentioned may be made that the order to the concerned to leave the centre was issued on January 2, 2020.
If the condition remains like this for a long period than the career of all the players will be ruined and their life as well. We strongly condemn the decision of shifting SAI/STC to another location, Tenu said and appealed to state government, concerned sports minister and other authorities to bring an amicable solution at the earliest to save the life of the players and also further appealed to all the entire parents/guardians to participate and involve in finding a solution.