8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 begins

DIPR IMPHAL, 7th Jan: The 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 has kicked off at Khuman Lampak Hockey Stadium in Khuman Lampak Sports Complex here on Sunday.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the championship, deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar stressed the need to develop hockey infrastructure with state of the art facilities in order to develop the game in the state. At least one Astro Turf Hockey Stadium should be developed in each district so that players can avail the facility to train themselves. Besides, proper coaching facility with qualified coaches should be made available, he said.

Noting that the state has the potential to produce players who can compete at international level, he said that such facilities have to be made available to train them up to compete at international level. Manipur has produced a number of hockey players, who brought laurels to the country in the recent past. Many players have been participating in the national and international events representing Manipur and the country. Organising such a national championship will be a good opportunity for the players of the state to develop their skills, he added.

Joykumar also asked the officials concerned to expedite ways to develop sports infrastructures in the state.

MLA Ashabuddin, who was also present on the occasion, said that sports have great significance not only from the point of view of competition and winning medals but also in inculcating a higher level of culture where people are identified with energy, vigor and active lifestyle. It also plays a crucial role in developing the mental as well as the physical strength of the players, which are the hallmark for success in every field, he added.

He appealed to the officials of Manipur Hockey and authority concerned to organise Hockey development programmes in Jiribam district as well.

YAS director N Praveen, Manipur Olympic Association secretary general Sunil Elangbam and Hockey India treasurer Tapan Kumar Das also spoke on the occasion.

Altogether 32 teams from across the country are participating in the championship which is being organised by Manipur Hockey under the aegis of Hockey India. In the opening match, Sports Authority of Gujarat team defeated Manipur Hockey team 3-2.

Hockey India CEO Elina Norman and officials of Manipur Hockey also attended the opening ceremony.

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