Manipur Governor urges Commonwealth Games gold medallists to train youths


Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla with CWG gold medallists Mary Kom, Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu in Imphal on Saturday.

IMPHAL, APRIL 29: Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla yesterday urged 3 women athletes of the State, who won gold at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia, to train youths here and pave the way for more laurels for the country.
President Ram Nath Kovind, during his visit to Imphal last year, had rightly said that the State is the sports capital of the country, Heptulla asserted after felicitating the athletes at the Raj Bhavan here.
“It is unfortunate that people do not realise the potential of the people here unless they win gold and silver for the country,” she said.
India finished 3rd at the Commonwealth Games 2018 with 26 gold medals. Boxer Mary Kom and weightlifters Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu bagged 3.
Affectionately addressing the 3 gold medallists as “my girls”, the Governor said a healthy diet regime is necessary for sportspersons to stay fit and develop stamina.
Prior to the Games at Gold Coast in Australia, the Manipur Government had announced a cash reward of Rs 15 lakh for the gold medallists from the State.
Sports Minister Letpao Haokip, who was also present at the programme, said the award would be given to them after completion of official formalities.
Mary Kom, on her part, said the State has to provide proper infrastructure and financial assistance to produce sportspersons of “international calibre”.
Mirabai Chanu, who won India’s first gold medal at the CWG, promised to put up a good show at the upcoming events. “I will practise hard to maintain my form at the Asian Games and the 2020 Olympics,” she said.
Echoing similar sentiments, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu, who won the yellow metal in the women’s 53 kg category, said, “I am aiming for the gold at the Asian Games.” (PTI)