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Grand welcome for medallists

Imphal, Aug. 10: Commowealth Games medallists, led by gold medal weightlifter Kh. Sanjita Devi, were given a hearty welcome by state weightlifting association officials and well-wishers at Tulihal Airport here today.

The medallists, who arrived with Sanjita Devi, were weightlifter Mirabai Saikhom, boxers Laishram Sarita Devi and L. Devendro Singh, who all bagged a silver medal each in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

A large number of supporters, along with officials of the respective associations, carrying garlands of flowers, had thronged the airport to receive them.

The players were later paraded along Tiddim Road in open vehicles to acknowledge the fans and then driven to their respective places.

Other silver medallists — hockey player K. Kothajit, K. Chinglensana Singh and judoka Sushila Likmabam — had arrived much earlier.

In all, fourteen state players had represented India in the Commonwealth Games, of which eight bagged medals, including one gold, six silver and one bronze medals.

The state government is arranging a grand felicitation of all the players on Tuesday at Khuman Lampak indoor stadium, where cash incentives will be distributed for their achievement and contribution to sports. The state government has announced Rs 15 lakh for gold, Rs 10 lakh for silver, Rs 8 lakh for bronze and Rs 2 lakh each for participants without medals.

Thang Ta: Pahulashi Mayaikoibi started off with eight medals, including three gold, in the 25th State Thang Ta Championship, which got under way at Khuman Lampak indoor stadium today.

The gold medals winner for Pahulashi Mayaikoibi are S. Khetajit in sub junior boys Phunaba Ama, A. Hemapati Devi and A. Gunita Chanu in sub junior girls Phunaba Ama.

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