The four days long Tangkhul open men’s volleyball tournament 2021 which saw eight strong teams in the competition concluded here at Tashar village with the host village student union emerging as the champion of the high spirited sporting event.
The winner of the tournament – Tashar Katamnao Long (TKL) and the runner up – Ramrei Katamnao Long were handed over a cash prized of Rs 50,000 thousand and 20,000 thousand respectively.
Held under the theme “Spirit of Sportsmanship,” the winter sporting event which began on December 7 concluded on December 10 with Ngakuimiza Asai, valedictory chief guest dehoisting the flag.
Speaking at the sporting event, Asai Somayang Ngakuimiza who is also the BJP intending candidate of 44-Ukhrul (ST) assembly constituency thanked and saluted the Tashar Village, TKL, participating teams and the avid fans for making the event a grand success.
Asai said, “Tashar is one of the biggest villages in Ukhrul district and can greatly contribute to Tangkhul community and Manipur in the likes of this event and others. It only needs vision and consensus effort to achieve the same.”
He then made a clarion call to incorporate Women’s competition in the future. “Women’s competition should be incorporated and corporate sponsorship needs to be explored along with state government assistance.”
Stressing on the theme “Spirit of Sportsmanship,” Asai said that sportsmanship is a matter of strong character and personality. And winning could be achieved through strong mental and physical preparation in sync with team spirit.
Touching on one of his core concern areas, he said youth has immense potential in them though in varied nature, and then exhorted the youth to discover their innate abilities and never part with it rather make it more refine, as it is the fountain and key in the pursuit of life and happiness.
He continued that amid paucity of facilities, there is no dearth of options for people who has discover their potential and work towards achieving their aim. “Like we cannot proceed in life without aims, youths needs to have aim so that their life is not drifted apart but be an asset to the society.”
Underscoring the essence of sports, Ngakuimiza said, “Sports as professional path should be enriched by both community and the state by means of institutionalisation as it has a promising future to the call of one’s talent in today’s competitive world”.