The Manipur Olympic Association will host the first Northeast Olympic Games under the aegis of the Indian Olympic Association from October 5-8. Manipur Olympic Association general secretary, Sunil Elangbam, at the Olympic Bhavan said that it has been a long-cherished dream of the Northeast State Olympic Associations to hold such an event, and for the first time in history of the Indian sports, eight Olympic associations of the Northeast will come under one umbrella to boost the morale of its sportspersons.
Manipur Olympic Association senior vice-president, G.A. Ibopishak Sharma, said that the Association has approached the Northeastern Council with a budget of Rs 1.6 crore. However, they have sanctioned Rs 20 lakh and of it, Rs 15 lakh has been released.
1,900 athletes are expected to take part in 10 disciplines, including athletics, archery, boxing, taekwondo, weightlifting, wushu, football, badminton, judo and table tennis. Formerly the event was intended to be held in July, but the amount of funds sanctioned was insufficient and election to the Manipur Olympic Association also slowed down the process.
The Association will approach the State government for financial help. The Association requires Rs. 80 lakh more to successfully organize the event.
Manipur Basketball Association president, Th. Radheshyam Singh, has been elected the new president of the Manipur Olympic Association for the term of 2018-2022.