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Manipur claimed the team champion title by bagging 157 medals including 80 gold in the sporting extravaganza of the 1st North East Olympic Games 2018 which concluded today at Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium.
Manipur finished with 79 gold, 47 silver, 31 bronze medals and Assam which gave a tough challenge, had to settle for the runners up title winning 45 gold, 52 silver, 41 bronze medals.
Arunachal Pradesh occupied the third spot with 18 gold, 20 silver, 38 bronze medals while Mizoram bagged 8 gold, 15 silver, 29 bronze medals; Nagaland fetched 6 gold, 9 silver and 26 bronze medals; Meghalaya collected 3 gold, 8 silver, 29 bronze medals; Sikkim bagged one gold, 6 silver and 18 bronze medals and Tripura ended the meet with 3 silver and 17 bronze medals.
Manipur gold medal thrusts in the game hugely depended on Wushu disciplines as they grabbed 28 gold medals while Archery provided 12 gold, Weightlifting fetched 9 gold and Boxing delivered 8 gold medals among the major players. Assam team prevailed in the Athletic event bagging 15 gold, shooting with 7 gold medals, Archery with 6 gold and Taekwondo with 6 gold.
In the last day of action, Manipur boxers claimed 6 gold medals while Assam got 2 out of the total eight gold on offer while in the Men’s category, Manipur, Assam, Mizoram got 2 gold medals each while Nagaland and Meghalaya grabbed one gold medals each.
As for the football match, Manipur beat Assam by 6-5 goals during tie break in Women’s category while in the Men’s section, Assam drubbed Manipur by 3-0 goals for the champion titles.
The closing ceremony was supposed to be held at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium but due to rain it was shifted to Indoor Stadium.
Deputy chief minister, Y.Joykumar Singh, who attended the medal distribution ceremony said that the 1st North East Olympic Games will definitely help to build up friendship and maintain cordial relationship among the north eastern states.
He stated that the NE Region shares 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. But there is a need to work together in taking up any measure in developmental, financial and sports, he added.
Deputy chief minister further said that to a certain extent, Manipur may be the power house of sports but other states in the North East are also coming up in the field. He appealed the coaches in the region to train the young players in the suitable sporting disciplines so that they can compete and bring laurels even in the international arena.
Manipur Olympic Association president and Education minister, Th. Radheshyam Singh said the Games is a unique event in the sport history of the region. In order to maintain the legacy of competitiveness among the north eastern states, Olympic Associations across the region should be united and work together to fulfil the aspirations of the sportspersons in the region.
Revenue minister, Karam Shyam also attended the closing function along with others. The second edition of the North East Olympic Games will be held at Arunachal Pradesh in 2020.