Dimapur, October 18: The closing session of the 12th Inter-District Catch Them Young Tournament was held at IG Stadium Meriema, Kohima today.
Special Guest and Secretary YRS, Alun Hangsing, who graced the closing session, said playing sports helps in overcoming physical challenges and gain focus in life. He remarked “Games and sports keep us healthy and fit, it has become integral part of education, challenges in sports helps a person to face challenges in life. A real sportsperson accepts defeat inspite of putting one’s best effort and helps built characters.”
Hangsing maintained that sports as a career is bright and rewarding, however, one should involve in sports not only for career but to be healthy.
Football Scouts, Nikhil and Sumit selected 15 players (2 Goal Keepers, 5 Defenders, 5 Mid Fielders and 3 Attackers) for training at Bhaichung Bhutia School Delhi. On 21st October, coaching for the coaches will be held and further four coaches will be selected as part of the team.
According to Director YR&S, Akumla Chuba, Catch Them Young Tournament started in 1974 with the motto “Catch them young and teach them right” with only football and athletics but the Department has taken the initiative to include wrestling, boxing, badminton and taekwondo in the coming years. She said the department will tap the best talents of the sportspersons from the districts for further training.
Dimapur District with 5 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze secured the most points. In the boys football final match played on the final day, Kiphire defeated Tuensang by a lone goal. A total of 290 participants including 215 boys and 75 girls from the eleven districts took part in the three-day sports tournament.
Earlier, the Inter-District Tournament was inaugurated by Advisor YR&S, Er. Zale Neikha. Deputy Director, Teisobou Sekhose chaired the function. Additional Director, Rato Pusa delivered the vote of thanks. Department of YR&S organised the Tournament.
(Page News Service)