Northeast has never lacked enthusiasm in sports and Manipur has been at the forefront of sporting activity in the region by developing a sporting culture. There is a great interest among the youngsters of Manipur to join sports and they draw inspiration from successful sportsperson from the region like five-time World Amateur Boxing champion Mary Kom, former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia, recent gymnastic sensation Dipa Karmakar and many others. And to help youngsters with a sporting dream who are coming from a poor background, the Nawang Sports Academy in Manipur is playing a crucial role.
The Nawang Academy
Situated in the foothills of Pidonu and Langthabi hills range in Sekta village, the Nawang Academy is shaping and moulding the lives of youngsters, especially those hailing from villages.The academy has drawn more than 60 students from the underprivileged sections of society and is imparting Wushu and kick boxing training free of cost.
Nawang Ngangom, who is the founder and the coach of the academy says that it his mission to divert the youth from the menace of drugs and channelise their energy in more productive and healthy activities.
‘Our academy aims to divert the youths from the menace of drugs, and promote them in sports so as to bring laurels for the State and the country both in international and national arena. And, today some of my students have already signed a contract with an international arena in World Championship,’ Nawang said.
Among the prodigies of the academy are Asian Games boxing gold medallist Dingko Singh and weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu.