Imphal, January 13 2023: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh handed over Manipur Olympian Park to the people today.
Manipur also known as the powerhouse of the state on its excellent contribution to the field of sports has produced as many as 19 Olympians since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Out of the 19 Olympians, seven are from hockey, four each from boxing and weightlifting, three from judo and one from archery.
Out of it, three of them brings medal to this world’s biggest sporting event. The medallists are MC Marry Kom (Bronze in 2012 London), weightlifting Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (silver Tokyo Olympic 2020) and hockey player Sanglakpam Nilakanta (bronze Tokyo Olympic 2020).
Constructed with an aim to honour the 19 Olympians from Manipur as well as to encourage the state’s players, the park is located in the Sangaithel area in Imphal West. Manipur Olympian Park has installed statues of all 19 Olympians.
- Pangabam Nilakomal Singh – Hockey;
- Kshetrimayum Thoiba Singh – Hockey;
- Soubam Suresh Singh – Boxing;
- Lourembam Brojeshori Devi – Judo;
- Ngangom Dingku Singh – Boxing;
- Thingbaijam Sanamacha Chanu – Weightlifting;
- Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi – Weightlifting;
- Khumujam Tombi Devi – Judo;
- Laishram Devendro Singh – Boxing;
- Ngangbam Soniya Chanu Weightlifting;
- Laishram Bombayla Devi Archery;
- Khadangbam Kothajit Singh Hockey ;
- Thokchom Anuradha Devi Hockey ;
- Kangujam Chinglensana Singh Hockey ;
- Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom Boxing;
- Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu – Hockey;
- Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Weighlifting
- Sanglakpam Nilakanta Sharma – Hockey
- Likmabam Sushila Devi – Judo
Speaking as the chief guest at the function, the Chief Minister acknowledged the contributions of local clubs in moulding the careers of the 19 Olympians, who brought respect and recognition for the State and the country.
The Chief Minister referred to the Olympians as ‘Living Legends’ and appealed towards creating a healthy society free from drugs.
Acknowledging the rich sporting culture and love for sports, the State has been referred as ‘Powerhouse of Sports’ and the first National Sports University has been set up in the State, he added.
N Biren said that suitable Government jobs were given to the sports persons who won gold medals at National and international level as a part of a one-time solution in the past.
The Chief Minister asked each and everyone to create and promote ‘one Manipur’ where there is no division based on caste, religion, tribe or hill and valley.
The park was constructed by Keystone Infra Pvt Ltd under Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd and was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 6.
According to the Manipur Police Housing Corporation which is work agency, the park was constructed in a total area of 16.11 acres in three different phases with a total cost of around Rs 50 crore. The area covered in the first phase of construction is 10 acres; the second phase is 1.61 acres and the third phase is 4.5 acres.