Northeast Olympic 2024 from March 18 to 23
Dimapur, February 11: Seventy two players from the Nagaland Pencak Silat Association will be participating in the forthcoming Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024 held in Dimapur and Chumoukedima.
The Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games 2024 would begin on February 12 with the opening ceremony scheduled at 7 p.m.
However, the Pencak Silat events would be inaugurated on February 15 at 10 a.m. by Zasivikho Zakiesato, President, Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation, which also coincides with the 5th anniversary programme of Nagaland Pencak Silat Association. The inauguration would be followed by the competitions, President of NPSA, Khevishe Sema told media persons today.
Khevishe also informed that Nagaland Pencak Silat Association hosted a meeting of North East Pencak Silat Federation in preparation of the upcoming North East Olympic Games 2024, which would be held in Nagaland from March 18 to 23, hosted by Nagaland Olympic Association in collaboration with the North East Olympic Association and Department of Youth Resources & Sports, Government of Nagaland.
Members from Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura participated in the meeting.
Khevishe said that the North East Pencak Silat Federation expressed gratitude to Nagaland Olympic Association and Department of Youth Resources & Sports for hosting the 3rd edition of North East Olympic Games and included Pencak Silat for the first time in creating chances for the region’s talented and skilled youths.
He also expressed gratitude to Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, who is also the president of Nagaland Olympic Association for the invaluable recognition and inclusion of Pencak Silat Game in the upcoming Nagaland Olympic and Paralymic Games 2024 and North East Olympic Games 2024. He also thanked Chairman, IDAN and Secretary General of NOA, Abu Metha and staff of NOA for continued support and keen interest in providing the players of Pencak Silat a stage to participate in the upcoming Games.
Asked about the prospects of Pencak Silat in Nagaland and participation of players, Khevishe said that they have a separate Academy for Pencak Silat, besides students from colleges, schools from Dimapur, Chumoukedima, Peren, Niuland and Tseminyu would be participating in the upcoming Nagaland Olympic Games and expressed hope that in future they would have players from other districts as well.
He also informed that Pencak Silat has been included in the National Games since last year and even in Asian Games, but not in World Olympics.
(Page News Service)