Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Mnp CM launches Mounted Police

Correspondent

Chief minister N Biren Singh kicked off the 1st Chief Minister’s Sagol Kangjei (Polo) Championship 2022 on Friday at the Manung Kangjeibung located inside the Kangla fort organized by All Manipur Polo Association (AMPA) as a part of Sangai Festival 2022.
The event was being organized under the slogan of “Save Manipuri Pony, Save Grazing Field and Revive Sagol Kangjei,” will continue till November 27.
On the occasion, the chief minister also launched the Sagol Tongba Police (Manipur Mounted Police) which will be used to maintain law and order in the Imphal City and will also be a tourist attraction during the Sangai Festival 2022.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that the championship would be a memorable event in the history of Manipur, as the Sagol Kangjei game had been brought up after a long period.
He maintained that Sagol Kangjei was not just a game, but it also symbolized the role of Manipuri pony and the techniques of warfare possessed by the Manipuri soldiers in defending the sovereignty of Manipur during the olden days. In relation to the launch of Sagol Tongba Police (Manipur Mounted Police), he informed that every battalion of Manipur Rifles would be given the task of rearing 10 ponies each. He continued that the state government had been taking up various efforts to maintain a healthy relationship among different communities adding that some forces of vested interest had always tried to disintegrate the unity among different communities.
He said that the championship was being organized to promote the importance of preserving the game and the endangered breed of Manipuri Pony.
“It is a part of the state government’s initiatives to preserve the pony,” he said.
Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba who also attended the event expressed happiness that the Sagol Kangjei championship was being organized under the supervision of the chief minister.
He said that the game seemed to have lost its relevance for a long period and the organisation of the championship every year would help to preserve the pony and also promote the Sagol Kangjei, showing the world that Manipur is the birthplace of Modern Polo.
On the occasion, the chief minister also honoured veteran Sagol Kangjei players with citation and cash reward, honouring their contribution in promoting the game.
Cultural programmes were also showcased before the opening match between Chingkhei Hunba Polo Club and Imphal East Polo Association.

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