Manipur CM inaugurates Sarita Regional Boxing Academy at Mayang Imphal
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Sarita Regional Boxing Academy at Mayang Imphal in Imphal West, on Friday. The academy is opened in the name of Laishram Sarita Devi, an Indian boxer from Manipur. She is a national champion and represented India in many international tournaments and a former world champion in the lightweight category. The government of India awarded Arjuna Awards for her achievement.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Shri Biren said that love for games and sports ran high in the blood of every Manipuris. Although Manipur is a tiny state, Manipuris have brought many laurels for the country at various international competitions, he added.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the government has introduced an initiative of extending financial assistance of Rupees fifteen thousand to some selected local clubs. Moreover, the state government provided Rupees three lakh each to 16 teams of Manipur State League and Rupees one crore each to Hero I-League teams, he added.
Shri N. Biren Singh appreciated the hard work of Arjuna Awardee Smt. Sarita Devi towards developing such a boxing academy to nurture the future boxers in the State assured that the State government would seriously consider extending every possible support and assistance to the Academy.