Athletes from all the northeastern states competed in 12 different sports at the five-day sporting event that began on October 24, 2018
Manipur became the champion of the first edition of North East Olympic Games which concluded on 28 October, 2018. The closing ceremony was held in Imphal’s Khuman Lampak main stadium where Manipur’s Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh, State Education Minister, who is also the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Games and President of Manipur Olympic Association . Radheshyam Singh and Revenue Minister Karam Shyam distributed trophies to the winning teams.
Manipur bagged a total of 159 medals including 80 Gold, 48 Silver and 31 Bronze medals at the Games. They were followed by Assam which secured a total of 140 medals including 46 Gold, 53 Silver and 41 Bronze medals. Arunachal Pradesh secured the third spot securing 18 Gold, 20 Silver and 38 Bronze medals a total of 76 medals in the Games.
Athletes from all the northeastern states competed in 12 different disciplines at the five-day sporting event that began on October 24, 2018 and concluded on October 28, 2018.
Addressing at the closing ceremony, the Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Yumnam Joykumar Singhsaid that the North East Olympic Games will definitely help to build friendship and maintain cordial relations among the northeastern states. “We have a unique history of commonness in terms of culture, tradition, food habits and way of life and that is why the states are called as sisters,” he said.
Although Manipur, to a certain extent, maybe the powerhouse of sports, other northeastern states are also picking up the pace in the field, the Deputy CM added.
The Deputy CM appealed to the coaches and managers of the region to train the aspiring players and prepare them for international competitions. Education Minister Th. Radheshyam Singh termed the first North East Olympic Games as ‘historic’.
The second edition of North East Olympic Games will be held in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019.