CM mulls all-weather playground, rants at AIFF

STAFF REPORTER/AGENCIES IMPHAL, 10th Oct, : Even as he revealed government's plan for developing 2/3 astro-turf grounds to facilitate round the year football matches, chief minister N Biren has expressed strong resentment over Manipur being denied the chance to host even one match of the on-going FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Speaking as the chief guest during the closing ceremony of Manipur Police Quasquicentennial Football Cup 2017 held at 2nd MR Ground on Tuesday, the chief minister conveyed that the plan for laying astro-turf (artificial grass) grounds is to enable the young players play and further develop their footballing skills throughout the year.

Visibly livid over AIFF denying even one match of the Under-17 World Cup when Guwahati has been chosen as one of the hosts, Biren said he has sought an explanation from the AIFF (All India Football Federation) for what reason Manipur was not given an opportunity to host at-least a match even though eight players including the captain are from Manipur.

The CM tweeted, “What is the view of the AIFF towards Manipur, why Manipur was not given an opportunity to host even a single match of FIFA Under-17 WC?”

Biren, who also briefly interacted with media persons, opined that Khuman Lampak main stadium would have been packed to capacity by fans in case some matches of the U-17 tournament were conducted there. Hailing the Indian football team for their wonderful performance, he said overall performance of the team was good.

On the law and order situation in the state, Biren said that unlike the past, people now have a sense of security when they see police in streets and realise that police are the saviour of the people.
Stating that Manipur police is performing their duties with discipline, he stressed that various initiatives being taken up by the department are people oriented and certain initiatives like community policing, etc. have successfully been implemented and maintained a good and cohesive relationship with the people.

In the last six months, there has been positive change in the police department, he continued and urged different sports associations of the state to step forward and co-ordinate with the government so as to groom talented players.

Sports minister Letpao Haokip was the functional president of the function. The tournament was organised by Manipur Police Department in connection with the 125th Anniversary of Manipur Police. Thoubal/Kakching district police team defeated Imphal East police team by a solitary goal to clinch the title.

PHE minister Losii Dikho, Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman L Radhakishore Singh, parliamentary secretaries (Planning) Khasim Vashum and (Home) L Susindro Meitei, DGP LM Khaute and top police officials attended the function.

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