From Our Correspondent
Ukhrul | Oct 31
The ‘All Tangkhul Villages Men’s Open Volleyball Tournament’ began today under the theme “Empowering Youth through Sports” at Awuntang, Hungpung. The tournament was organised by Thawaijao Hungpung Young Students’ Organisation (THYSO) and conducted under the aegis of All Manipur Volleyball Association (AMVA). It will commence on November 2.
The inaugural event was attended by deputy commissioner, Ukhrul, Joseph Pauline Kamson as chief guest while headman of Hungpung, and Wungayung Peter shared the dais as guests of honour.
A total of 18 teams from different villages of Ukhrul District participated in the ongoing tournament. The winner will walk away with cash prizes of Rs 50, 000 and runners up with a Rs 20,000.
Speaking at the event, Joseph stated that the youths have immense potential to change the society, especially the students. The future of the society depends on youths and remarked that youths are the change maker, he continued while appealing the gathering to break free from drugs and other intoxicants.
He also stated that team work is requisite in developing quality in all fields, supporting one another at the same time showcasing talents and skills in true spirit of sportsmanship while mentioning that due to lack of infrastructure like indoor stadium or standard playground, most of the village are into volleyball because it requires little space.
Joseph further lauded THYSO for such initiatives stating that with a population of around 11, 000 thousand Hungpung can be a role model for the rest of other Tangkhul villages and tribe to follow, he said.
Wungayung Peter, in his speech, expressed gratitude to THYSO and deputy commissioner for their efforts in shaping the youths of Ukhrul district. He also extended warm greetings to all the participating teams and wishes a happy stay in Hungpung.
President of THYSO, Ringphami Thingshung further stated that the objective of organising the tournament is to promote Volleyball in the region and to keep youths away from drugs and other intoxicants.