Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over Manipur Olympian Park to the people here on Friday.
A park was created in Sangaithel area, Imphal West, to honor and encourage the 19 Olympians from Manipur.
Chief Minister acknowledged the contributions of local clubs in moulding the careers of the 19 Olympians, who brought respect and recognition for the state and country.
CM referred to the Olympians as ‘Living Legends’ and appealed towards creating a healthy society free from drugs. Acknowledging the rich sporting culture and love for sports, the State has been referred as ‘Powerhouse of Sports’ and the first National Sports University has been set up in the State, he added.
N. Biren Singh said that suitable government jobs were given to the sportspersons who won gold medals at national and international levels as a part of a one-time solution in the past. The same will be continued shortly, he added.
Chief Minister asked each and everyone to create and promote one Manipur where there is no division based on caste, religion, tribe or hill and valley.
Appreciating the village chiefs and CSO leaders, N. Biren Singh said that villagers have started destroying Poppy plants in the hills voluntarily. We can root out the drug menace by collective and cooperative efforts, he added.
Stating that the government has been delivering lots of development projects in all corners of the State, the Chief Minister urged the people to have a sense of ownership to the different public properties and take care of them.
Mentioned may be made that the Park was constructed by Keystone Infra Pvt Ltd under Manipur Police Housing Corporation Ltd and was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 6.
Olympians and their family members attended the function.