1st Winter Air Gun shooting competition held at Wokha

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Wokha, December 9: Air Gun Sporting Association of Nagaland (ASAN) organized the first winter open air gun shooting competition and launching of ASAN website was done at Likya Community Hall, Wokha on December 9.
District Forest Officer, Wokha, Suman WM Sivachar, IFS, DFO Wokha, who was the special guest in his speech congratulated the ASAN for selecting Wokha as its headquarter and for organizing the competition and said that Naga youth have the capacity to achieving anything when they focused their mind, and to excel in any events the youth need accept the challenges and give more determination and dedication.
He added that if Northeastern state can produce many amazing sportsmen, why Nagaland cannot produce sportsmen to bring laurels for the state as Naga has ample in born talents.
He encouraged the participants to introspect and take sports as a professional career. He further urged the participants to channelize their positive energy into sporting activities and have more clear target in mind and the target should be representing the state as well as representing the country in an international platform.
While speaking on the conservation of our state rich flora and fauna, with special reference to fauna, Suman said, “Nagas are by default hunters and poachers, so we hunt, but our state legislature has accepted Wild Life Protection Act 1981, which supersedes Article 371(A) on the Naga’s customary laws, and the law has given the forest department legal sanctity to protect and preserved the flora and fauna.”
The DFO said that to give a balancing act the forest department educates and create awareness to the people of the importance of preserving our flora and fauna and added that even though Nagaland has very good covered forest, yet forest area are reducing because of mono plantation and human occupation, therefore, less option of the animals to stay inside the forest.
He expressed that the state is facing Elephant (men -animals) conflicts because of the reduction of animal habitat area. He said that humans depend on forests for survival yet one has to do it in a holistic manner.
He urged the participants to take up guns for shooting as a professional sport but not to kill our fauna.
SP Wokha, Menang Meren Ao declaring the first winter open air gun shooting competition opened during the occasion as the guest of honour, said that is was a wonderful events and good initiatives by the ASAN on behalf of the people of the state, as shooting is a very disciplined sports.
He expressed his happiness to see many participants from different districts and said that shooters will not only make a mark here alone but will also excel even to the higher arena too.
District Forest Officer, Wokha, Suman WM Sivachar, IFS, also launched ASAN Website during the occasion.
The officials and participants wore black armbands in solidarity with victims of Oting shooting in Mon, while a two minutes silent prayer was observed.
A total of 43 contestants from different districts of Nagaland participate the first winter open air gun shooting competition, where Ayamo L Khuvung was declared the winner received a certificate and cash prize of Rs 20,000 while M. Nyanbemo Odyuo and Bankathung claimed the first and the second runners-up and received a certificates and a cash prize of Rs 15,000 and Rs 7,000 respectively, a consolation prizes and certificates were awarded to seven quarter finalist. Mhademo Ngullie was picked as the winner of a raffle draw during the programme.
The event was chaired by Ajit John, founding member, ASAN, founding member and President Ajamo Odyou delivered the welcome address; formation of ASAN was delivered by Manenkaba Air and the dedication of ASAN was done by Rev. Abemo Jungio, pastor, Wokha Town Baptist Church.
(Page News Service)