Imphal, 02 March 2018 ( Evening News ) : The 5 day Yaoshang Sports Festival kicked off across the State with gaiety and festive fervour today. The festival of colour which has been celebrated in the State by organising Sports festival was kicked off by getting torch from sacred Kangla fort. Different clubs and organisations came to historical place Kangla Fort early this morning to collect sacred fire which was later taken to their respective localities to mark the opening of the Yaoshang Sport Festival. Boys, girls and elders from different parts of Imphal Valley came to Kangla from Eastern, North and Western gates of Kangla to fetch torch from 3 different sacred shrines of Ebudhou Pakhangba at Kangla Utra Shanglen. People were seen eagerly waiting for the sacred flamed sports torches outside the Kangla Fort. Imphal West District Police, Top officers of City Police including police personnel kept a strict vigil around the sacred flame shrine in Kangla and helped in easy movement of the people. Apart from Imphal City, clubs and organisations in areas away from the city also commenced the yaoshang sports festival by lighting their sports torches from their nearby sacred shrines.