IMPHAL December 12: Sainik School Imphal, a premier institution of the country in children’s schooling inaugurated its 37th Annual Athletic Meet today. A torch relay was held from Tulihal Airport, the Olympia of Sainik School Imphal where the school was raised on 7 October, 1971 and the relay spanned an approximate distance of 17 km amidst cheers and applause by the alumni of the school who flanked the torch bearers at important junctions along the road. The relay culminated when the sacred flame was lit at the ramparts of the Fort erected at the school premises on the occasion of the Athletic Meet.
Brig KB Chand, Dy GOC, HQ 57 MtnDiv graced the Inaugural Ceremony and declared the meet open. The athletic events started after a solemn march past and oath taking ceremony by the athlete cadets of the school. The school is undisputably the leader in football having represented the Sainik Schools in the various editions of the SubrotoMukerjee Football Cup Tournament in both Under-14 and Under-17 categories, thereby capping more than 30 cadets the status of national player. The school is the proud alma mater of star footballers namely Mr SomataiSaiza and Mr M Bijen Singh. CdtBikash of class IX bagged the ‘Best Player Award’ in Under 14 category in the Inter-ZonalSainik Schools Football Championship held at Sainik School SujanpurTira from 23 Aug to 27 Aug 2011. CdtAnsar Mustafa of class X won a Gold Medal in the 12th National Junior and Sub-Junior Muai Thai Championship held at Bangaluru, a release stated.
Further, All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination is being held on 8 January 2012 for admission to class VI and class IX. The final day for prospectus and application form is on 15 December 2011.