Imphal, Feb 9: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh opened the 41st National Master Athletics Championship, 2020 at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium today. Biren Singh said that the first Prime Minister of India Shri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru called Manipur as the Jewel of India. Due to the consistent contribution of the State to the sports movement of the country, Manipur is known as the Sports Power House of the country, he said. He pointed out that it is a great privilege for Manipur to host such a prestigious event.
He then expressed hope that such competitions would definitely bring unity and understanding among people belonging to different States of the country. Maintaining that it is well regarded in the western countries that life actually begins at 60, the Chief Minister said that such championships would encourage the idea of keeping fit and healthy throughout our life.
The competition would not only encourage the idea of keeping our health fit and fine but also strengthen the idea of One India. CAF Minister Karam Shyam opined that games and sports never depend on age. It can start or continue at any stage of life and it is the best medicine for keeping helthy. The Minister also said that the participants of the competition are great inspiration to the youth and it would encourage national integration as well.
Around 4000 athletes from 27 States and Union Territories will vie for total 250 medals in the championship which will continue till February 14. The championship is being organised by Manipur Master Athletics Association under the aegis of Master Athletics Federation of India. President of World Master Athletics Stan Perkins, World Master Athletics Woman Representative Wilma Parkein, Master Athletics Federation of India Secretary General David Premnath and Master Athletics Federation of India President , Dharamvir Dhillon were also present at the opening ceremony. (UNI)