Imphal , Feb 10 : The 31st edition of the State Thang-Ta Championship is underway at Thang-Ta Shanglen, Yumnam Huidrom in Imphal West. Thang-Ta is an indigenous martial arts game from Manipur.
The championship which began on February 7 is being organised by Huyel Langlon Thang-Ta Association, Manipur. The tournament will continue till February 12. A total of 759 contestants including 76 officials, 437 boys, 246 girls Thang-Ta players from 42 Thang-Ta institutes across the state including (institutes from Ukhrul and Jiribam), are competing in the championship.
The game is played under various category including Phunaba Ama, Phunaba Anishuba, Thanglon and Khonglon-Khutlon, Thang-Haiba among others.
"We will select the participants for the upcoming national-level Thang-Ta tournament," informed the president of Huyel Langlon Thang-Ta Association H Premkumar Singh.
Premkumar further said, "I am happy that Thang-Ta is now being included in the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG)."
Earlier, the government had approved the inclusion of four indigenous sports Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, and Mallakhamba in KIYG which is to be held in November this year.