Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) is organising a 14 days long National Interactive Tour (NIT) for 20 sportspersons of Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, Imphal from 22 September to 05 October 2019 as part of the Assam Rifles ongoing outreach programme to foster the spirit of national integration across the entire swathe of the country. Shri Letpao Haokip, Honourable Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports, Irrigation and Flood Control, Manipur flagged off the tour at the headquarters of the Mantripukhri Battalion of Assam Rifles on 22 September 2019. Brig DS Shishodia, Deputy IGAR (South), Col Siddharth Chandra, Officiating Commander 9 Sector Assam Rifles and Col Prikshit Dahiya, Commandant Mantripukhri Battalion, other Assam Rifles officials and parents of the sportspersons participating in the tour were also in attendance. The participants interacted with Shri Letpao Haokip and Assam Rifles officials and expressed their excitement in participating in the NIT. Majority of the sportspersons are travelling outside the State for the first time. The NIT consists of 20 sportspersons (both boys and girls) of Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation which is located at Games village, Lamphelpat in Imphal. The Boxing Foundation is one of the premier academies of boxing in India. The sportspersons part of the NIT belongs to far-flung and isolated areas lacking basic amenities required in day to day life.
As part of the tour, the students will visit various sports institutes and places of cultural and historical significance, shopping malls and famous landmarks in Sonipat, Hissar, Kurukshetra, Agra and New Delhi. In the national capital, they will have the honour of meeting and interacting with the Honourable President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan as well as the Honourable Union Minister of Sports.
The tour is intended to broaden their horizon and provide the sportspersons with an insight into the rich heritage of the country, various developmental and industry initiatives, various career options as well as provide them with a platform to interact with renowned personalities.