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Sonowal to finalise varsity site

Imphal, Aug. 6: The site for the Centre-funded Manipur Sports University is likely to be announced when Union sports minister for state Sarbananda Sonowal visits Imphal on August 22.

Officials from the ministry of youth affairs, including secretary (sports) Ajit M. Saran and joint secretary (development) G.S.G. Aiyengar, declared this during an official trip last Friday.

The duo, along with state youth affairs and sports department officials, had scouted for feasible sites at Koutruk in Imphal West, Takmu in Bishnupur district, two sites in Thoubal district and one in Ukhrul district.

The assessment report will be forwarded to the sports ministry for a final decision.

The two officials also spoke to Manipur governor V.K. Duggal and chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh regarding the sports university.

Sonowal is visiting Imphal to open the second Northeast NSS Festival at Khuman Lampak sports complex on August 22.

The Centre has announced and sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the university. At least 250 acres of land is needed for the university.

The two officials left for New Delhi yesterday.

Panelists: Arjuna awardee Bhogeswar Baruah and senior sports journalist Subodh Malla Baruah have been appointed, along with Sports Authority of India boxing coach and Dronacharya awardee L. Ibomcha Singh of Manipur as members of the selection committee for the Dhyanchand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports. The 11-member committee of the sports ministry, headed by Ajit Pal Singh as chairperson, will meet at New Delhi on August 11 to select the awardees