Punanamei (Mao) | April 28
Olympic medalist M.C. Mary Kom today inaugurated ACI’s Jagjivan Sports’ Academy here at Asufii Christian Institute (ACI), which is being funded by J.V. Gokal Charity Trust, Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Kom termed the institution “a welcome step” and encouraged youngsters to start their journey with this Academy in fulfilling their dreams.
While saying that people understand the importance of sports and that many children are interested in sports, Kom mentioned that there is a lack of proper infrastructure. “We don’t have infrastructure to groom them to the desirable level,” she said.
Kom is however hopeful that things can pick up from here. “We are not late. We still have time. We can achieve,” the five-time World Amateur Boxing champion said.
She further encouraged youngsters to get proper training to excel in sports.
Kom also formally inaugurated a library in this institute. MLA L. Dikho, also speaking on the occasion, expressed his desire to promote sports and enable youngsters to catch up with the sporting world. “In sports there is future,” he maintained.
With this in mind, he said, this sports academy was set up with the support of a charitable organization i.e., J.V. Gokal Charity Trust Mumbai, which is supporting ACI in the field of education and health.
Dikho informed that the Academy will initially start with football with William Koso as coach.
He further informed that ACI will see more major projects from J.V. Gokal Charity Trust in the form of a hospital and expressed hope that it will materialize soon.
Stating that the Academy is now equipped with the basic infrastructure and coaches, Dikho expressed hope that it will someday be able to bring young people to the national and international level in the field of sports. Dr. Ulhas Vasave, CEO, J.V. Gokal Charity Trust, in his speech, assured to extend “fullest support” to ACI.
Stating that the students possess enormous talent but don’t have the means to explore it, he stated that the Trust is there to show and open ways for the young to achieve their dreams. In this, he called upon the students to explore all the possibilities and at the same time come forward and grab the opportunity at the right time.
Dr. Vasave informed that tele-education will be initiated by the Trust by June this year where a faculty will deliver monthly lecture on career guidance and other relevant topics.
The CEO of the trust also called upon the youngsters to get proper coaching from this Academy and stated that he hoped to see Jagjivan team from Mao excelling at the various levels.
Earlier, welcome address was delivered by ACI principal Rev. Loli Kape while vote of thanks was proposed by vice principal K. Athishu. Rev. K. Koda, executive secretary MBCA and Rev. S.K. Hokey member governing body ACI pronounced opening and benediction prayer respectively.
Mary Kom preparing for Rio 2016 Olympics
Offers free training in her boxing academy
Punanamei (Mao) | April 28
Olympic medalist M.C. Mary Kom today said that she still has a dream to accomplish and is now preparing for the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Stating that qualification stage is the toughest and the most important chapter to get tickets to the Olympic Games, Kom said she is doing her best to get through it.
Kom informed that she will be retiring after Rio 2016 Olympics.
Inaugurating ACI’s Jagjivan Sports’ Academy at Asufii Christian Institute (ACI) here this morning, Kom said she is running a Boxing Academy at Imphal, imparting basic techniques of boxing to both boys and girls free of cost.
In this, Kom extended invitation the youngsters from Mao to be part of this Boxing Academy as well and further promised to extend whatever things they require to become boxer.
“I will give you all the facilities free of cost,” she assured adding that accommodation, food, training, kits etc. will be absolutely free.
She declared that her dream is to bring more champions from Manipur, North East and India.
She requested MLA L. Dikho from 48th Mao Assembly Constituency to add more discipline in the ACI’s Jagjivan Sports’ Academy. She assured her fullest support provided boxing is also introduced in this Sports’ Academy.
Earlier, she was given a traditional welcome by the students of ACI. Large number of public gathered and greeted her warmly.
Kom was gifted with Mao traditional dress and entertained with cultural dances and songs.