Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu wears boxing gloves gifted by boxing legend M C Mary Kom on October 5, 2021, at Imphal in Manipur. (Photo Credit: Vice President Secretariat)
Imphal: India’s boxing legend M C Mary Kom on October 5, 2021, presented boxing gloves to Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
The Vice President Naidu remarked in a lighter vein “these are meant to protect me” after wearing the gloves.
The Vice President, who is on an eight-day tour to North-Eastern states, was interacting with a group of achievers from Manipur who have left a mark in their respective fields.
Among those present at the event at Raj Bhawan, Imphal, were Olympians, literary & cultural figures, artisans and teachers.
VP Naidu praised them for their achievements and said that they should always keep aiming for excellence in their respective fields.
Calling all eight North-Eastern states as the glittering jewels in India’s crown, he described the scenic beauty and serenity of the hills coupled with the warmth of people here as a memorable experience.
Describing Manipur as the Powerhouse of Sports in India, he said that this small state leads the way when it comes to bringing glory to the nation in sports.
“Manipur’s Olympians have made the state and the nation proud indeed,” he added.
Praising the sportspersons from the state for keeping India’s flag flying high, VP Naidu said “You are also role models and a fountainhead of inspiration for thousands of aspiring sports persons across the nation.”
Noting that the state and central government are making efforts for encourage sports, he urged the Industry to come forward and promote sports. He also asked the state governments to create sports infrastructure and training facilities right up to village level. (Press Release)