Sports Ministry sanctions Rs 5 lakh for family of deceased former footballer Manitombi Singh

Manitombi has contributed significantly to Indian football; his demise is indeed a loss for the sporting community: Kiren Rijiju

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Manitombi Singh

The Sports Ministry of India sanctioned Rs 5 lakh on Friday for the family of deceased former footballer Manitombi Singh. This gesture aims to ease out their financial crisis.

Defender Manitombi recently died in August 2020 at the age of 39 in Imphal after a long illness. Moreover, he was the only earning member of his family and is survived by parents, wife and an eight-year-old son. The nature of his disease is not yet clear, and his family members did not share any details too.

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Manitombi was a former Mohun Bagan player who also played for India at the 2002 LG Cup in Vietnam. He was a part of the national team in the 2002 Busan Asian Games as well.

Manitombi has contributed significantly to Indian football: Kiren Rijiju

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Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Speaking about the decision, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “Manitombi has contributed significantly to Indian football. He also contributed as a coach in Manipur. His demise is indeed a loss for the sporting community.

“When we learnt about the financial crisis that the family is facing after his death, extending support to them was a duty upon us.

“It is of prime importance for the government to support all our athletes, past and present, as well as those who have dedicated their lives to the sport as coaches, sports administrators, support staff and in similar roles,” Kiren Rijiju stated.

Soon after the former Blue Tigers player passed, Kiren Rijiju also wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter.

His post read: “I am saddened to hear of the untimely demise of footballer Manitombi Singh. We are trying to work out some emergency funds from the Sports Ministry to support the family in these trying times. The government is committed to supporting all athletes, present and past.”

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