Manipur Chief Minister, N Biren Singh has confirmed that his government is looking to promote football in a big manner in the state and that they are targeting to host matches of top football tournaments like the Indian Super League (ISL).
Singh revealed that the state authorities have been in talks with experts in order to increase the seat capacity of the main stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports Complex by double and also upgrade the ground and facilities.
The Chief Minister who was speaking at the inaugural function of the 12th Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Championship 2022 at Khuman Lampak Hockey Stadium in Imphal also reiterated that the government would soon start construction of stadiums in six hill districts with each estimated to cost of INR nine crore.
Despite being a small state, Manipur is known for it’s love of football and other sports, with Singh confirming that the state government had started construction of an Olympian Park in honour of their dedication and commitment in the field of sports.
NorthEast United FC are currently the only club in the ISL from the North East part of India, though the Indian national team have seen a number of stars come from that part of the country, with Bhaichung Bhutia an icon of the sport in India.