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16th State Level Catch Them Young U-14 Sepaktakraw tournament today

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Kohima, May 20: The Directorate of Youth Resource and Sports (DYRS) is fully geared to hold the one-day 16th State Level Catch Them Young Under-14 SepakTakraw tournament at Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference in the directorate conference hall, Director of YRS Kethosituo Sekhose said that except for Kiphire, all the 15 districts are sending a team each of boys and girls for the tournament.
Around 300 children will be participating in the tournament which will begin at around 7:30 am and conclude by evening with the closing function scheduled for 4:30pm on Tuesday, he said.
On the department’s importance for holding the U-14 Sepaktakraw tournament, he said that since 2020, players from Nagaland have been winning several awards in the sub-junior, junior and senior categories at the national and international levels.
We have bagged two bronze medals in 2021, a silver medal and two bronze in 2020-21 and in 2023 our athletes who participated as part of the Indian team bagged both gold and bronze in 35th Kings Cup held at Thailand while in the national level tournament our team got bronze medal, he informed.
The Indian team, which had maximum players from Nagaland, secured the gold medal in the South Asian tournament held at Kathmandu, he said.
Based on the achievements, the department concluded that our players can do better in the international arena of Sepaktakraw, he said.
In last year’s Asian Games in China, two Naga girls represented India but unfortunately lost to the World’s best team – Thailand, he said.
This year the U-14 Sepaktakraw tournament has been instituted and will continue for the next five year to bring about changes in our game, he informed, adding that the tournament is organized to hunt for the talent in the grassroots level.
“Our first target is the Common Wealth Games scheduled for 2026 in Malaysia to be in the Indian national team,” he said.
International coaching: The department is planning to take some of the Sepaktakraw players for intensive coaching in Thailand for 30-45 days in September-October for which a selection trial will be conducted soon, he said. (Page News Service)

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