Imphal, August 11, 2021: Chief Minister N Biren Singh informed that the State Cabinet in its recent meeting created 18 posts reserved for Olympians in the Youth Affairs and Sports Department.
He stated this while attending the reception ceremony of hockey player and Tokyo Olympics Bronze Medallist Nilakanta Sharma organized at Kontha Ahallup, Imphal East today.
The Chief Minister further informed that the created posts include 10 posts of Assistant Director for participants, five posts of Deputy Director for medal winners and three posts of Joint Director for Gold Medal winners at Olympic Games.
He also stated that a grand reception ceremony of the State’s athletes, who participated at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, would be organized at the City Convention Centre this month and added that the respective cash rewards and job appointment orders for the remaining Olympians would be handed over to them on the occasion.
N Biren maintained that the State Government has sincere commitment towards developing games and sports as it takes a major role in instilling discipline and manners in the youth.
As the Government is putting in much effort to end the drug menace, it is important to encourage the youth, make them interested in games and sports and divert their minds from intoxicating substances, he added.
Expressing pride on the heroic performances and achievements of the State’s athletes at the recent Tokyo Olympics, he stated that the young and talented Olympians would be a source of inspiration and motivation among the youths of the State.
He was also hopeful that the expertise of the Olympians would be an important input in training the younger generations.
The reception programme was also attended by Forest Minister Awangbow Newmai, Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen and president, Hockey India Gyanendro Ningombam among others.
Earlier today, hockey Olympians Nilakanta Sharma and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam were received by the Chief Minister and the Education Minister on their arrival at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.
The Olympians were accorded a rousing welcome by the people gathered at the Airport in honour of their outstanding performances at the Tokyo Olympics.