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First North East Olympic Games concludes

First North East Olympic Games concludes
Athletes from Assam along with deputy chief minister of Manipur, Y Joykumar Singh and others during the closing function of 1st North East Olympic Games on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 28 | Publish Date: 10/28/2018 11:43:48 AM IST

MANIPUR EMERGES OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS WITH 159 MEDALS

The first North East Olympic Games, the biggest sporting event of Northeast region came to a close on Sunday. 
Manipur emerged as the overall team champions while Assam and Arunachal Pradesh bagged the second and third position respectively. Nagaland finished the games in fourth position.
Manipur secured 159 medals including 80 gold, 48 silver and 31 bronze medals while Assam bagged 140 medals including 46 gold, 53 silver and 41 bronze medals and Arunachal Pradesh ended up with 76 medals including 18 gold, 20 silver and 38 bronze medals. 
Nagaland bagged 38 medals with five gold, six silver and 27 bronze.
Athletes from eight states of North East participated and competed in 12 different sporting disciplines during the five day event.
The closing function held at the main stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex was marked by distribution of trophies to the winning teams of the Games.
Deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, state education minister Th Radheshyam Singh who is also the chairman of the Organising Committee of 1st North East Olympic Games and state revenue minister Karam Shyam distributed trophies to the winning teams.
Addressing the closing ceremony, the deputy chief minister said, organising the Games will definitely  help to build up friendship and maintain cordial relationship among the northeastern states. 
He said, “We have a unique history of commonness in terms of culture, tradition, food habits and way of life and that is why states are called as sisters.” 
To a certain extent, Manipur may be the power house of sports but other states in the Northeast are also coming up in the field, said the deputy chief minister. “Therefore, sporting disciplines that our players can hone their talents and skills successfully should be identified so that they can be groomed upto the international level,” he said. 
He also appealed the coaches and managers 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. 
Education minister Th Radheshyam Singh said that the 1st North East Olympic Games was a historic event in the sport history of the region. 
He said, “It will be perfect ground for the promising sports persons in the region.”
To maintain the legacy of competitiveness among the north eastern states, Olympic associations across the region should unite and work together to fulfill the aspirations of the sportspersons in the region, he added.
State revenue minister Karam Shyam said that such event will help unite people of the north eastern region. “Unity through sports can be achieved if the Games continue in the years to come,” he added.
Athletes, officials and sports loving people from across the region participated in the closing ceremony.
The second edition of North East Olympic Games will be held in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019.

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