Interactive session deliberates on promotion of indigenous wrestling
Kohima, March 6: Ahead of the 12th Open Naga Wrestling meet 2019 scheduled for Thursday at Kohima Local Ground, the Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) today organized interactive session with the visiting teams from United States and Myanmar here this evening at Hotel Japfü Kohima.
All India Traditional Wrestling & Pankration Federation secretary general Shailandra Kumar Pathak while stating that Naga style of wrestling is limited to Nagaland said the Federation wants it to be recognized at the National level.
Lauding the efforts of NWA in preserving the traditional sports, he encouraged that “we should not go away from own tradition and culture because if we remain rooted to it that becomes the strongest bond of unity and oneness.”
Asserting to help in promoting Naga style wrestling, he showed two ways for it, including – to apply for recognition under Central government’s policy of recognizing the indigenous games and sports by constituting Naga Style Wrestling Federation of India.
The second, he said, would be to take the Naga style wrestling to the school level through the School Games federation of India.
“You have to make efforts towards the promotion of Naga style, which is your heart and soul,” he said while also asserting to extend all possible.
There is bright future for belt wrestling as it is likely to be the fourth style of wrestling in the forthcoming Asian games, he said and insisted that NWA apply for demonstration of Naga style wrestling in the ensuing National Wrestling championship to be held later this month in Goa.
The interactive session shared the various means and ways to improve the style of wrestling, how it can be introduced at the national level and carry forward to the international level.
NWA president Neivikuolie Khatsu informed that the NWA and Chin Wrestling Federation felt the need to promote each other style of wrestling and participate in each other wrestling tournament.
NWA made an appeal to the public especially the wrestling fraternity and wrestling lovers who will be coming to witness the event to come on foot who are nearby or keep away their vehicle far off “so that we do not disturb the traffic in the main town.”
He also requested the public to park their vehicles properly to ensure free flow of traffic on the tournament day.
Chairman of Chin Wrestling Federation, Ang Chung extended invitation to NWA to send Naga wrestlers to participate in their tournament in America.
NWA general secretary Vekhozo gave the overview of NWA and its activities.
Altogether, 67 wrestlers will join the 12th Open Naga Wrestling meet 2019 on March 7, starting from 8:30 AM onwards.
Minister for Higher & technical education Temjen Imna Along will be the special guest while Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board chairman Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu will be the honoured guest.
The champion will receive a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh while the second position will pocket Rs 1.50 lakh.
The third and fourth position will receive Rs 1 lakh and Rs 70,000 respectively.
The quarterfinalists will get Rs 10,000 each and the losing pre-quarterfinalists will also receive Rs 5000 each.
The best tactic wrestler will pocket Rs 10,000.
Apart from Naga wrestlers, the 12th edition will also witness professional wrestlers from United States, Myanmar and Jharkhand.
Entry ticket for spectators stand at: Gallery- Rs. 100, chair- Rs. 500 and Donor- Rs. 2000.
(Page News Service)