Kohima, September 13: In line with nationwide call for ban on single use plastics, the ensuing month-long Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy will held under the ambience of ‘plastic free’ and distribution of tree samplings with the motto ‘plant for life’.
NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy is one of the most prestigious students’ memorial football tournaments in the state capital organized annually by Angami Students’ Union (ASU). The forthcoming tournament scheduled to be held from September 21 to October 19 at Kohima local ground here is the 20th edition.
In view of both the state and the central government’s initiative towards banning single use plastics, the ASU executives along with the working committee of the tournament have decided to encourage players and spectators not to use plastics in any form, including mineral water throughout the month-long tournament, said ASU president Vizokho Zashümo while briefing media persons at ASU office here Friday.
This is the first of its kind initiatives during the 20 years of the tournament, he said.
“We cannot enforce complete ban but we can only discourage players and spectators from using plastics inside the venue, even for drinking water and to carry their own water bottles,” he said.
Towards this, he announced that the organizers in collaboration with Kohima Municipal Council and Kohima Smart City Development Limited will be setting up 15-20 water dispensers around the ground for refilling the drinking water bottles. Paper cups will also be placed along with the dispensers for public use, he said.
Another shift from the usual practice during the tournament would be ‘gifting tree saplings’ to the special guests and invitees with the motto ‘Plant for Life’, he said.
Zashümo said that unlike the past, the organizers will not extend mementos but would be gifting the patrons, special guests and invitees with tree saplings. The saplings would be provided by Department of Forest through District Forest Officer, Kohima.
The tournament is organized in honour of the two student martyrs’ – late Kekuojalie Sachü of Kohima village and late Vikhozo Yhoshü of Kigwema village, who were killed in the indiscriminate firing of the Nagaland Armed Police from Alichen on March 20, 1986 during a peaceful rally called by the Naga Students’ Federation to protest against the State government’s decision on the Extension of Disturbed Area Belt from 5 km- 20 km along the Indo-Myanmar border and against the induction of Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre into the state of Nagaland.
The champion of this edition will receive cash award of Rs. 2 Lakhs with trophy and citation while runner up will receive Rs. 1.20 lakhs with trophy and citation. The losing semi finalists will get Rs. 30,000 while quarter finalists will receive Rs. 15,000 each. Individual awards in the category of Best Defender, Best Goal Keeper, Best Midfielder and Highest Scorer will received Rs 10,000 each while Player of the Tournament will get a motorbike, informed tournament working committee member Zakie Khate.
(Page News Service)