Manipur emerged over all team champion among other northeastern states in the five-days of the first North East Olympic Games, 2018 which concluded.
Despite a light drizzle which forced the closing ceremony to shift from the main stadium to indoor stadium at the Khuman Lampak sports complex last evening.
The second edition of theNorth East Olympic Games will be held in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019.
Manipur won 163 medals including 80 gold, 49 silver and 33 bronze medals while neighbouring Assam bagged runners up title with 140 medals including 46 gold, 51 silver and 43 bronze medals.
Manipur team won team champions title in Archery, Boxing, Judo, Badminton, Weightlifting and Wushu while Assam won team champion titles in Athletics, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and football.
Arunachal Pradesh came third in the final medal tally by securing 71 medals including 17 gold, 23 silver and 31 bronze medals, bagged team champion title in Karate.
Mizoram secured 52 medals including 8 golds, 135 silver and 27 bronze medals while Nagaland bagged altogether 42 medals including 6 gold, 9 silver and 27 bronze medals. Meghalaya got 3 gold, 9 silver and 27 bronze medals.
Interestingly Tripura did not win gold medals in the games where nearly 2000 athletes and officials from 8 NE states including Sikkim participated and competed in 12 different sporting disciplines-archery,athletics,badminton,boxing,football,judo,karate,shooting,table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting and wushu.
However Sikkim managed to get 1 gold, 6 silver and 18 bronze medals while Tripura got only 3 silver and 17 bronze medals.
Manipur’s Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh, Education Minister Th Radheshyam Singh, Revenue Minister Karam Shyam distributed trophies to the winning teams.
Speaking at the function, Deputy Chief Minister Joykumar said holding such event in Imphal will definitely help build up friendship and maintain cordial relationship among the north eastern states.
He also appealed to 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.
In his speech Minister Radheshyam Singh who is Chairman of the Organizing Committee of 1st North East Olympic Games, 2018 and President of Manipur Olympic Association said, the Games is a historic event in the sport history of the region.