Manipur will host the 6th edition of Eastern India Body Building Championship at Khuman Lampak Auditorium Hall. The championship, which kicks off tomorrow, is jointly organised by All Manipur Gymnasium Welfare Association under the guidance of Eastern India Body Building Association. A total number of 80 body builders from six states from the East zone would compete in 8 different categories. The championship is sponsored by KFC gym and the teaching and non-teaching staff of JNIMS contributed rupees 60,000. Ajit, General Secretary of All Manipur Gymnasium Welfare Association, said the objective of organising such championship is to make the people aware of the discipline and also make maximum number of body builders of the state to participate in the championship.
The second 5-day long Kakching Festival mounted by Joint Non-Government Voluntary Organization (JNGVO) Kackhing kicked off yesterday. Members of JNGVO and sports persons took out a torch rally from Krejing to various parts of Kakching spreading the message of the festival. They also made offerings to several religious places for smooth conduct of the festival. Speaking at the function Parliamentary Secretary M Prithiviraj said the state can attract tourists only when the traditional songs and dances are preserved. On the first day of the festival, Kakching football match, Kakching haraoba and Kakchig Musical Nite were held.
Ningthoujam Suraj consecutively bagged Mr Moirang Khamba 2014 Title. The 3rd edition of Mister Moirang Khamba was organised by the All Manipur Gymnasium Welfare Association in the GM hall. The categories of the contest include Junior, Senior, Master, Physically Challenged MR Manipur Moirang-Khamba and also the First woman state level body building championship. Altogether 92 body builders participated in the contest. In Junior category, Manipur police sports club RK Manjit Singh was conferred Junior Mister Manipur Moirang-Khamba title. N Jayenta Singh of Kanglei Fitness Centre, Canchipur got the physically challenged Mr Moirang Khamba title. In the woman state-level body building championship, K Rabita of Royal Gym stood the first position while the second slot goes to Th Sarita of Royal Fitness Gym, Thoubal. In the Master category, K Dinesh Singh of YPISM, Uripok won the Master overall title. However the overall title of MR Manipur Moirang-Khamba went to N Suraj Singh of Royal Gym, Ningomthong.
Manipuri Boxer Sarjubala Devi settled for Silver medal in the AIBA Women World Boxing Championship, Jeju, South Korea. In the final match of the light weight category, Sarjubala was defeated by Kazakhstan boxer Nazym Kyzaibay by 37:39, 37:39, 37:39. Sarjubala,a two time national champion, backed Kyzaibay into the corner and landed with both her left and right as she took the first round 10:9 across the board. The Kazakh boxer worked out the Indian in the second and used her reach well to avoid Sarjubala’s flurries and hit back on the counter. Sarjubala continued to press forward to try to hustle Kyzaibay but the Kazakh kept her cool and waited for the right moment to counter decisively.Kyzaibay stuck to her strategy for the remaining two rounds, boxing on the inside at the time of her choosing and forcing Sarjubala to commit herself fully on the attack. The Indian corner failed to adapt to the Kazakh’s style and ended up conceding the last two rounds and the gold to Kyzaibay on a unanimous decision. It has been a memorable week for the 21-year-old, who was making her debut at the World Championships, and she left her mark on the field with her relentless attacking style that cowered many an opponent into submission. Sarjubala has shown enough promise to build for an assault at the Olympic Flyweight division in 2016 and 2020.
Manipur bagged 21 medals in the 11th Masters National Aquatics Championship held from November 21st to 23rd. The Championship was organised by Karnataka Swimming Association under Swimming Federation of India at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Aquatic Complex- Gulbarga, North Karnataka. In the Championship, Manipur won 8 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. In the 4x400 meter free style relay, S Mohendro, Th Arunkumar, N Narjit and N Ibomcha won gold medals. Master women swimmers Kh Sandhyarani, Y Surjamukhi, A Manbi, L Nilapadma and Master men’s swimmers P Premananda, L Gojen, Y Herachandra, N Khomdon, H Gojen, L Rojit and Ksh Mangi also bagged medals in the tournament. L Boicha Meitei lead the Manipur team as team manager as well as Coach in the tournament.
Meiraba Luwang of Manipur settled for silver in the OUE Singapore Youth Badminton International 2014 which was held from 17th to 23rd November. Meiraba lost to Akber M from Indonesia by 18-21, 19-21 in the final. The International Tournament was organized by Singapore Badminton Association under Asia Badminton Confederation (ABC) & International Badminton Federation (IBF). Earlier in the tournament, Meiraba defeated Yong Bing Yan of Malaysia by 21-11, 21-4 in first round. In the 2nd round, he beat Muhmam Muflif of Indonesia by 21-8, 21-5. In pre-quarters, he defeated Ko Shing Hei of Hong Kong by 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 and in quarter final, he edged out Yap Zfe Ming Nigel of Singapore by 21-18, 21-8. In the semi-finals, Meiraba defeated Yap Shai Kuan of Malaysia by 21-19, 21-8 points to enter the finals. Meiraba was the only Indian player to enter the finals of the tournament.
State-level North East Sports Competition 2014 under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan Scheme concluded yesterday at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The competition was held in athletics, archery, badminton, boxing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting, karate and wushu. Athletes from all districts of Manipur competed in the competition. Imphal East emerged team champion while Imphal West and Thoubal district bagged the 1st and 2nd runners up. Selected athletes from this competition will represent Manipur in the National North East Sports Competition 2014 to be held at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh from December 10 to 13.
Manipur managed to win 13 medals in the 11th Masters National Aquatics Championship. On the second day of the ongoing championship, Master swimmers of Manipur won 5 gold, 5 silver, and 3 Bronze medals. The Championship is organised by Karnataka Swimming Association under Swimming Federation of India at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Aquatic Complex-Gulbarga, North Karnataka.