Kohima, Apr 8: Aimed at promoting the indigenous games of Nagaland, the two-day second State Level Indigenous Games competition organized by Department of Youth Resources and Sports began at Indira Gandhi (IG) Stadium here today.
Commemorating legendary footballer of the State – Dr. T. Ao’s birth centenary, the first event was held in 2019 while last year it could not be held due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants from all the districts, except Noklak are competing in four indigenous games – Tug of War, Stilt Bamboo Race, Greased Bamboo Pole Climbing and Cock Fight.
Gracing the inaugural program as the Special Guest, Commissioner and Secretary YRS Alun Hangsing said Nagas have been fond of games and sports since time immemorial but in the present generation, sports has become professional events and its very important part of life.
He said indigenous games are very important as it is part of tradition and culture.
Maintaining that the Central government’s sports policy aims at making India sports power house in the world, he said lots of infrastructure development is being carried out throughout the nation, while in Nagaland IG Stadium Kohima has been changed into centre of excellence for sports.
There are four indigenous games in the competition: Tug of war, Greased Bamboo Pole Climbing, Cock Fight and Stilt Bamboo Race.
The result of Day-I are as follows:
Tug-of-war (men): 1st Kohima, 2nd Dimapur and 3rd Mokokchung.
Tug-of-war (women): 1st Peren, 2nd Phek and 3rd Longleng
Cock Fight (men): 1st – C Pangthak Konyak (Mon), 2nd – TThungyami Lotha (Wokha) and 3rd – Inokivi K. Jakha (Zunheboto) (Page News Service)