TODAY -

A wake up call for Manipur sports

Ningthoujam Dhiren *

Olympic Run Day observed in Manipur flagged off from Khuman Lampak Main Stadium :: June 23 2012
Olympic Run Day observed in Manipur flagged off from Khuman Lampak Main Stadium on June 23 2012 :: Pix - Bunti Phurailatpam



INTRODUCTION:

North easterners and Manipuri in particular are living under the threat of racial discrimination. Mainland people call Manipuri as chinky/pahari/junglee and made monkey queks or many others. Recently a Manipuri senior scientist working in a Delhi base reputed national forensic science laboratory file suit in a Delhi court against his fellow colleague for calling him with racist remark all the time. Loitam Richard's recent murder case and Dana Sangma's suicide case all have been originated from racists acts of mainland people against NE people.

People of this region are feeling alienated from the mainland India. But, this region is on the hand treated as the biodiversity hotspot as well power house of traditional arts and culture, the home of varied colourful tribes, schedule castes, OBC's and upper caste people following different religion, tradition and culture etc. This region is remaining as an integral part of the nation in terms of games and sports.

Among the states, Manipur began to contribute special package in the national sports movement since the merger of Manipur in the Indian union. Remarkable achievement began to added into Indian sports movement in the form body building and fitness sports. Then, Olympian began to take birth one after another. In due course of time the nation began to recognise the sports potential and talents of Manipur and given the opportunity for the organisation of 5th National games, the greatest mega event of India. The event proved that Manipur is one of the talent pools of national sports.

The achievement of Manipur in the 1999 National Games, Imphal, is without doubt remarkable, outstanding and, deservingly without contest - Just Great! Whether you look it from left, right or centre, the medals tally and the varieties of games disciplines where these medals comes it is undeniable, "We are the future of Indian Sports and yes, the Powerhouse of Indian sports".

However, one serious note, Is Manipur able to live up to her reputation? Is Manipur able to maintain their achievement at National level competitions? There is no one to answer this question because; the reality speaks something uneasy to bear in mind. Since the 80's of the last century, SAI-NERC became a hope of sports movement in Manipur and NE region.

On many occasion SAI-NERC proved its true color by producing numbers of good athletes who converts Manipur a national Champion at the 5th national games Imphal, 1999. The nation also recognised Manipur a regional power house of games and sports of the nation. It is gifted with rich natural sports talents, due to their contribution, 5th national games have been awarded and Manipur hosted it successfully winning the overall team championship trophy for Raja Bhallendra Singh.

It brought some national standard stadiums located in Khuman Lampak, in the form of a Composite sports complex that the athletes of the state are using it as an asset for sports movement. In addition, SAI-NERC, Takyelpat, Imphal West, began to look after the sports development activities of Manipur by tapping young talents and train them for better future of Manipur sports since few decades back.

It is one of the institutes cum training centre for athletes dreaming for representing India at various international, world championships, Asian Games and Olympics etc. But recent development in the institute cum training centre speaks something unusual and which is not good for national sports movement. One such development is that when the state demanded a full-fledged Director for SAI, NERC, Imphal after the transfer of former Director in 2009, SAI New Delhi posted a Deputy Director from Guwahati sub-centre as in-charge, unfortunately, the public tend to forget the matter.

The disadvantages of a non-local person as in-charge already have adverse affect and manifested in the performance of Manipur Sports for the past three years to be exact. What Manipur need today is, in the absent of full-fledged Director, a local person who understand the situation and sentiment of the people.

If Deputy Director can be in-charge of SAI NERC Imphal, why not SAI Headquarter, New Delhi retained the previously posted OSD, who is a local, and have equivalent or more pay-scale and Grade Pay than that of Deputy Director, to be Incharge of SAI, NERC, Imphal?

CONTENT:

Politicians and the Sports Controlling Body in Manipur may be willing to cry out from the roof-top, "Look at the last two edition of National Games i.e. Assam 2007 and Jharkhand 2011, to see Manipur current status in sports". Not to undermine the hard work and achievement of our sportsperson in national and international competition, it is time to call 'spade a spade' and introspects with the reality and seek-out solution before it's too late.

Let me substantiate my claims on the following FIVE realities:-

1. In Athletics (Track & Field) from seven gold medals and a total 13 medals in 1999 National Games, Imphal to a tally of 2 medals (without gold) in 2011 National Games, Jharkhand is neither an encouraging sight nor positive development.

2. Taekwon-Do, a sport we have dominated since its introduction in India and can/should continue to dominate. From thirteen gold medals and a tally of 19 medals in 1999 National Games, Imphal to one gold and tally of 6 medals in Jharkhand National Games 2011, what else do we supposed if not a wake-up call?

3. Take the case of Weightlifting, where our stature and robust built is consider to be very much suited for the sport, but our performance nose-dives in every succeeding National Games to nothingness i.e. from outstanding achievement in 1999 National Games, Imphal. I particularly mentioned this sport for this is a sport discipline that gives identity to sports in Manipur. Can it be that our coaches were unable to get new talents?

4. Without Cycling, Fencing and Wushu, ever imagine where Manipur medal tally will stand in National Games? No slightest intention intended to downplay the dedication and achievement of sportsperson in these disciplines. Fact of the matter is that, these are sports seriously taken by few States in India. Who can tell it will not follow the same path of Taekwon-Do, where we initially takes the lion shares of medals in National Level competitions, but lose our dominant - just like that, once other States began to take interest in the sports.

5. Ever wonder Manipur sports debacles in the recently concluded North East Games, held at Aizawl? Our stands and excuses - 'we sent our second string team, our top players out in national camps or representing the nation etc'.

Are these really justified? In Boxing, have we no other boxers than Mary Kom, Sarita or Suranjoy? The training, selection and team preparation system of Associations, YAS and SAI calls for serious look and it has to be now or never.


* Ningthoujam Dhiren Singh wrote this article for Hueiyen Lanpao (English Edition)
The writer is a Freelance sports writer and commentator
This article was posted on June 28 2012 .



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Garlic Festival @ Ukhrul #1 : Gallery
  • Misplaced Agenda of our CSOs
  • Aribam Devabrata's Mime Play "Kangla Gate"
  • Edge of self determination #1
  • Vardhaman Mahaveer, his life & Jainism
  • Annual General Body meeting of STDCM
  • Land of thousand heroes
  • Present lull before the storm ?
  • Naorem Kalimohon Singh : A Profile
  • Floral tributes to PLA members #2 : Gallery
  • May I tie the knot with a Muslim woman ?
  • Quiz Competition at DM College
  • Cyber warfare: Estonia attack
  • Discussion : South China Sea Disputes
  • The Readers :: Book Discount @MU
  • Democracy: Is the countrymen listening?
  • From Nobap to the top stage
  • Cheiraoba Thabal by LGBTQ #1 : Gallery
  • Cheiraoba @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Manipuri speaking diaspora in Assam
  • Mangginlian, Lalromawi :: eMing
  • Lomba: best garnish for Yongchak iromba
  • Modern civilisation in Manipur revisited
  • Earning the real good time
  • Meghalaya to consider implementation of ILP
  • NE girls held in Raipur for alleged sex trade
  • Pushing NH-37 to the back burner
  • Cheiraoba Chak Katpa [14 Apr] : Gallery
  • Brajabashimayum Gopal : Akademi Award
  • EEVFAM vs UoI case at Supreme Court
  • Litmus test for Mizoram
  • The present trend of our educational system
  • The rift between parents & children
  • Everything to know about Dermaplaning
  • A heady affair
  • Raped and defiled : India's shame
  • Leima Jagoi @ JNMDA Day: Gallery
  • Right to Religion is a fundamental right
  • Who are Meeteis
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Meeting of Manipur photography Club
  • Dynamic Manipur's committee for 2018-20
  • BJP's Booth Level Training at Patsoi
  • Sexual violence against women
  • Yaoshang Halankar #2 : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • TRAU Vs Mohammedan #2 : Gallery
  • Black sheep in ILPS movement #2
  • SC / HC verdict on Merger Agreement
  • How to practice homoeopathy
  • Sonowal's gesture to Assam journalists
  • Manipur observes flag hoisting day
  • Many unaware of sacrifices made by NE
  • Mary Kom claim gold in CWG
  • 573 identified for 'Smokeless Villages'
  • Floral tributes to PLA members #1 : Gallery
  • Sikkim University Prospectus : Download
  • Schools are fine, colleges are not
  • The Deceptive Appearance :: Poem
  • Sports for peace and development
  • On organizing Thabal Chongba in Delhi
  • People's bishop gets Bharat Gaurav Award
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Banning the Bandh
  • A strong Opposition is healthy
  • Yangkhulen (57 Km from Maram) : Gallery
  • Statehood Women's Polo #2 : Gallery
  • An autobiography of MK Priyobarta
  • Lamkoi Shirui Camp 2.0 at Ukhrul
  • RIST Talk -35 @MU : Thermal plasma
  • Police Harassment of Human Rights Activist
  • Favouritism of PDA Govt is shameful
  • Where the mind is without fear
  • End authoritarian rule call of Cong
  • 'HUN' Thadou Cultural Festival #1 : Gallery
  • Kabui Dance @JNMDA : Gallery
  • Gangmei Aluna Kabuini : Nrityabhusan
  • Good & bad of Nung hawai consumption
  • Sadar Hills District Demand :: Timeline
  • Meitei - Scheduled Tribe ?
  • Career options after graduation
  • Food safety concerns
  • Response to Rijiju: Stand off on sovereignty
  • Two Princes :: Funga Wari
  • Yaoshang Sport @Bamon Leikai: Gallery
  • Armed Force (Special Power) Act 1958 #3
  • Cry of a Dying River - 25 :: Poem
  • Centre for Vietnam Studies, New Delhi
  • Leingakki Firem Handoktriphaoba..
  • Seeking report on Thoungamba's death
  • 3rd Northeast Fiesta 2018 : Event Report
  • Traffic: Still yet to find a lasting solution
  • From Go to Hills to Go to Village
  • NESO demands ILP in Northeast
  • Md Awaysh Khan: Mr. India : Gallery
  • Horizon : An Exhaustive Review
  • Is Delhi serious to resolve Naga issue?
  • JRF position wanted at Manipur University
  • Dams & hydropower push in Himalayas
  • Can satan encourage hard work ?
  • DGP distributed DG Commendation Discs
  • Of attack and threat to common men
  • Ruling out sovereignty, integration
  • Folk Dance @Retreat ceremony #4: Gallery
  • The entry of Gorkha in Manipur
  • Khelen Thokchom, some fond memories
  • The Singing Stones :: Poem
  • 109 Bn, CRPF celebrated 28th Raising day
  • Swarajya Magazine tender apology
  • Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #2 : Gallery
  • Women Final: Governor Polo #2 : Gallery
  • Air pollution is an invisible killer
  • Manipur as part of India during Krishna
  • Global Shapers is calling for Application
  • Heart OPD & Free Echo Screening Camp
  • Winter School 2018 at NEHU concluded
  • On forged cheque issue: Pandora Box
  • Accounting for two of 4 won so far
  • Naga pact wont affect territorial integrity
  • Mahesh Thounaojam #2 : eRang Photos
  • TRAU Vs Mohammedan #1 : Gallery
  • Science of stink: Dealing with odour
  • Time lost cost in cyber crime: IGI Airport
  • BJP Patsoi : 38th Foundation Day
  • The making of sports powerhouse
  • Rape in the land of Meira Paibis
  • Kamo Hau Culturals @Kamjong: Gallery
  • Armed Force (Special Power) Act 1958 #2
  • Cry of a Dying River - 24 :: Poem
  • Tribute to Khelen Thokchom
  • Last of his ilk
  • Open letter to Jaideep Majumdar- Swarajya
  • Effort to make our leader understand
  • RIMS road heist : Daylight robbery
  • Major Bob Ralengnao Khathing
  • Pung Chollom @JNMDA : Gallery
  • Mnipur Ima :: Seireng
  • Kou-kha : Wetland tuber cash crop
  • Jobs at Don Bosco Tech Society
  • NPF replies to news portal report
  • The Killing Fields (2013-17) :: Timeline
  • Prohibition against peoples' will
  • Congress in its avatar as an Oppn
  • Mukna Khong Kangjei #2: Gallery
  • Partnerships should be based on solidarity
  • Volunteers for Green Khamasom (VGK)
  • Social media: Boon or medium to hurt..
  • A requiem for Ta Khelen
  • Northeast Fiesta 2018 at Jalandhar, Punjab
  • Jobs @ PR Enterprises, Khurai
  • Vegetables grown @Thanga #2: Gallery
  • Khaidem Tarubi :: Akademi Awards
  • Angaobi :: Poem
  • A cocktail of mythology, science & religion
  • Beauty benefits of tomatoes
  • Condolence message for Khelen Thokchom
  • Communal politics in social media
  • RIP Tamo Khelen .. always in our heart
  • Blank Editorial
  • Tributes to Khelen Thokchom : Gallery
  • Men Final: Governor Polo #1 : Gallery
  • Armed Force (Special Power) Act 1958 #1
  • Scientific Perspective: Biren's speech
  • Ukhrul Sanitary Movement & social evil
  • JFA express grief at Thokchom's demise
  • Yaoshang Nakatheng Chatpa #3 : Gallery
  • April Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Thangjiyen: Culinary item during Cheiraoba
  • Nongthombam Biren hasn't a clue
  • Easter: A moment of reorganization
  • A Spark of My Poem :: Poem
  • Asian solidarity on the Rohingya crisis
  • The blunder in Indian Political system
  • Respecting the essence of Good Friday
  • Folk Dance @Retreat ceremony #3: Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chingkaba #3: Gallery
  • Dr. Athouba honored Hindi Sevi Pracharak
  • Jobs for Imphal & Other District
  • Response to N Biren's shameful speech
  • CM Biren must apologize to the people
  • Manipur CM's derogatory statement
  • Being Hindu does not required Mythological..
  • Women Final: Governor Polo #1 : Gallery
  • Ringui Luira Phanit @Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Powerlooms' entry should not be invasive..
  • Rethinking on Yaosang: Sports & tourism
  • Cry of a Dying River - 23 :: Poem
  • Surprising myths & facts about makeup
  • On CM speech at Gujarat : Safronising NE
  • Ongoing talks with UNC : April 10 deadline
  • Landscape from Koubru #1 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sport - Marathon #2: Gallery
  • Old Imphal town and Meitei Yumjao
  • Migrants trapped in quagmire
  • Doubling farmers income: Strategies
  • Airtel: preferred network for Aircel customers
  • Haunted by the past
  • Stand off over 7th Pay
  • Kabokki Nong :: Funga Wari
  • Governor's Cup Polo #2: Gallery
  • PM at Science Congress @MU #2: Gallery
  • Architecture as career choice
  • Bhabananda visit Manipur House, Delhi
  • Seminar on role of CBOs & NGOs at RGU
  • Cross border smuggling: lures & liabilities
  • Addressing gap between hills and valley
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni @Longmai (TML) #5 : Gallery
  • Tripartite Talks with UNC : Gallery
  • Manipur Documentary & Animation Festival
  • Sanakhya Ebotombi Haorokcham: Biography
  • PM Narendra Modi @Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chingkaba #2: Gallery
  • Challou River, Ukhrul District : Gallery
  • Shopping: Sajibu Nongma Panba #2: Gallery
  • Jobs @SAIRAM at Langjing Achouba
  • Enakta Leiringei (Film) #2 :: eRang
  • Stall @Science Congress, MU #2: Gallery
  • Cheirao Chingkaba @Singjamei : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Cooking Contest #2 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Mei Loukhatpa #4 : Gallery
  • Bor-keina race @Yaoshang Fest : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #1: Gallery
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Recipients of Akademi Awards for 2014
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS