Kohima, September 19: The four-day 5th Open Basketball Trophy organized by Oriental College Kohima was inaugurated today by Chairman of D. Khel Council Kohima Village and President of Nagaland Contractors & Suppliers Union, Pele Khezhie at the campus.
Altogether 10 teams are participating in the tourney which carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for the champion, Rs 30,000 for runners up and Rs 5000 for the Most Valuable Player.
The teams are South Side Shooters, Oriental College Kohima, Stallion, Kryptonite, Kohima Village Students’ Union, Kohima Highlanders, Team Taurus, Orea, Arrow Farm and Hard Knock.
Speaking as the special guest of the inaugural programme, Khezhie said basketball is a sport that brings people together and unites all under one common bond, regardless of the diverse backgrounds, cultures, or beliefs.
Appreciating the College for organizing the championship, he said this tournament symbolizes the power of unity and the strength that can be derived from working together towards a common goal.
Moreover, this tournament stands as a testament to the power of sports in generating positive change, he said.
Saying that through sports, one learns discipline, perseverance, and resilience, he said these qualities extend far beyond the court and can shape into individuals capable of overcoming any struggles in life.
Khezhie encouraged all to applaud not just for the winners but for every participant who steps onto the court today.
“Let us celebrate their achievements, big or small, and remember that success is not solely defined by victory, but also by the lessons and personal growth that come from participating in the beautiful game of basketball,” he said.
OCK HoD Department of History, Tumben Ngullie delivered the keynote address. Rovisienuo Nagi chaired the programme while Akhrienuo Yhor offered prayer, Vizotuo Thorie administered oath and OCK Girls Hostellers enthralled the gathering with a special number.
(Page News Service)