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2nd NOPG concludes: Kohima emerges overall champions; newly created Noklak district shines fourth

Over champs Kohima
Overall Champion: Kohima

Chief Minister Rio says Nagas must be one in order to rise, shine & excel

Kohima, August 27: Winning 70 medals – 29 Gold, 23 Silver and 18 Bronze medals Kohima district has emerged as the overall champions of the 2nd Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Phek with a haul of 59 medals – 22 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze took the second place while Dimapur stood third with 22 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze – totaling 57 medals.
Interestingly in the medals tally, newly created Noklak district astounded other 12 districts as they took the fourth position winning a total of 17 medals – 8 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.
To this, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio during the closing function of the Games held at NBCC Convention Centre here today said “the commendable performance of the new and interior districts is notable”.
This is a positive sign for the future and we are encouraged to work harder for the youth of the State in every part of Nagaland, he asserted.
Other awards winners are:
Spirit of Olympic:
1. Peren district for setting a high standard of exemplary conduct in accordance with the Olympic Spirit of good humanitarian behaviour. They were disciplined on the playing field and most importantly off the field too. This team stayed back in the stadium after the competition session after everybody had left and collectively cleaned the stadium, including the galleries which was occupied by the fans.
2. Phek district, the entire team stepped forward to set the right example this morning in IG Stadium to clean the stadium and carried out a cleanliness drive. They have they have set a positive example for all.
Olympic Fair Play: Mokokchung district based on overall recommendations of all the Associations in which competitions were held.
Outstanding sportswoman: Tsuchoi of Noklak district in Athletics. She won 5 Gold Medals, 3 Gold medals in Individual events namely, 1500 meters, 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. She also helped her district, Noklak to 2 Gold Medals in the relay races.
Outstanding sportsman: Zhokoto Demo of Phek district in Archery. He won 5 Gold medals in Archery, winning 3 Individual Gold Medals and 2 Gold Medals in Team Events. He has qualified for the forthcoming National Games to be held in Gujarat.

Overall 1st runners up Phek
1st Runners-up: Phek

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio addressing the gathering said the theme of the Games – “Stronger Together” gives the clear message that Nagas must be one in order to rise and shine and excel.
He said that the Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games is the beginning of a new journey for the state to write a new narrative for the future of Nagaland in sports.
Rio, who is also the president of Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) said “Nagaland has tremendous potential in the field of sports and games and we must make every possible effort to translate this potential into results,” he said.
In this, he said better infrastructure in tune with modern needs, quality human resources in game development, improvement in nutrition and diet, increased exposure and most importantly a scientific approach to sports is the need of the hour.
The Chief Minister asserted that the State government is directing its policies towards this direction.
Maintaining that the NOPG act as a platform to showcase the hard work and efforts put in by athletes, as well as a talent hunt platform, he said that the champion athletes and best performing sportspersons will be undergo state level coaching camps for the forthcoming North East Olympics to be held in Meghalaya and the National Games in Gujarat.
These Games have brought together more than 2000 youth from every part of Nagaland in celebration of the energy and vibrancy of the youth and these games have sent the right message of unity and oneness to every part of the state, he said.

Overall 2nd runners up Dimapur
2nd Runners-up: Dimapur

Further, Rio appreciated the Phek district team for taking up a cleanliness drive at the IG Stadium, the main venue of the NOPG this morning. “Your thoughtful gesture will go a long way in setting a food example to our people,” he said.
Delivering the closing remarks, NOA secretary general Abu Metha said that the Games witnessed the participation of 16 districts, more than 2000 sportspersons, 4000 plus match officials and volunteers and 347 medals.
“It was indeed the biggest celebration of sports, a celebration of the ability of the young people of Nagaland,” he said.
“This Games exemplified the energy, the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the new generation of the Naga youth, most importantly it exemplified the ambition of the young Naga people,” he said.
Metha said that the state government and NOA under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio believes in ambitions of the Naga youth and aspire to work for them so that their ambition of the youth is achieved.
He said that the power of sports, the platform of sports and games brought the entire Nagaland together under one banner and one event.
Today, he said, the call for unity has been made by the young people of Nagaland while every sports person is an ambassador of unity.
Further, he encouraged every athlete to strive to reach higher standards.
Chief Minister Rio along with Working President of Meghalaya State Olympic Association & Treasurer North East Olympic Association John F Kharshing, Secretary General of North East Olympic Association Abraham K. Techi, Olympian & Arjuna Awardee Chekrovolu Swuro, President of Sikkim Olympic Association Kuber Bhandari, Secretary General of Assam Olympic Association Bhabajyoti Goswami and Senior Vice President of NOA Meren Paul gave away the trophies.
(Page News Service)