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Joyous moment for Manipur and especially the residents of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai, birthplace of India's Hockey midfielder Shanglakpam Nilakanta upon Hockey India team winning Olympic bronze medal; Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren lovingly calls Sh. Nilakanta, “My Boy” and assures him a reward of Rs. 5 Lakh and a suitable job

Indian Men's Hockey team today defeated Germany 5-4 in the 3rd place match of the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, thus securing a bronze medal. This ended 41 year-long wait for an olympic medal by hockey India. Last time, India bagged a bronze medal was in the Moscow Olympic Games 1980. In the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, India now stands at 62nd place with 5 medals including 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Midfielder Shanglakpam Nilakanta from Manipur played a big role in India's victory.

Hockey player Shanglakpam Nilakanta comes from a financially constraint family. Speaking to Impact News, his father Shanglakpam Inaocha said that he could not even afford to buy a hockey stick for his son in his early days. He added that Nilakanta, his 2nd child out of three, is a self-made man. Inaocha said, his son started playing Hockey since he was 9. He has great will power, patience and acknowledges their family’s condition right from his childhood days. Nilakanta’s father Inaocha expressed sadness that he could not provide more than two square meals a day to his son nor a balanced diet during his early training days. The Olympic medallist’s father added that he somehow managed to buy a second hand bicycle for his son so that he can ride till Khuman Lampak for his daily Hockey Practice. Later, Nilakanta landed a job in the Railways and started helping his family. The hockey player’s father urged every parents to support and encourage their children in whatever field they have passion.

Nilakanta’s happy and proud mother, Kunjarani told Impact News that she shed tears of joy when the team won the match today. Kunjarani also said, earlier she cried out upon hearing her son’s voice during the semi-final match between India and Belgium, in which India lost. She longs for her son to be back in Manipur and get a job here. Kunjarani called up her son and wished him success before today’s match. She also thanked the people of Manipur for their supports and prayers for Nilakanta and his team’s success.

Hockey India's victory is a proud and joyous moment for the nation including the residents of Kontha Ahallup Makha Leikai of Heingang Assembly Constituency in Imphal East District, the birthplace of Shanglakpam Nilakanta, who is one of the midfielders in the Hockey team. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren who had won the last elections from Heingang A/C expressed happiness and congratulated Hockey Indian team and especially Shanglakpam Nilakanta. Speaking to Nilakanta online, CM N.Biren called Nilakanta, “my boy” and asked him about his desires. Responding to the Chief Minster, Nilakanta, who is currently serving as a Senior Ticket Collector in the Indian Railways expressed wish to work in Sports-related field. CM Biren told Nilakanta that he need not work as a Ticket Collector anymore. He assured him a reward of Rs. 75 lakh and a suitable job.

Congratulatory messages poured from political leaders, sports personalities and others for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team from across the Country. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and President of Manipur Hockey Basudev Singh congratulated the team. Youth Affairs & Sports Minister, Letpao Haokip and President of Manipur Olympic Association cum Heirok MLA Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam and many others also congratulated the team and Nilakanta.

 

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