DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 15: Sports has always been a vital and much hyped activity among the people of Ungma village. With the extending lockdown, sleeping sports enthusiasts have been awakened, acting as a catalyst in the rise of the players coming forward looking for a platform.
Fortunately, the Soyim Shuttlers (SS), a group of Badminton enthusiasts, have been taking the initiative to assemble the players along with free coaching for the past few years. This activity has been effectively running in the Community hall, for lack of proper vicinity.
However, the news of the conversion of the community hall into a meeting hall, has left the players in dismay. Keeping in mind the active participation and enthusiasm, the need for a proper sports infrastructure is essential.
With this vision, SS took the step of building two badminton courts inside Amphitheatre, Babu Tzubu.
With the blessings and prayer from both Village Council and Ungma Baptist Church, and with the leadership of Sharingain Longkumer, Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, citizens of
Ungma people came together with cash, kind, skilled workers and constructed two badminton courts under the guidance of SS.
On November 13, Imtisungkum Longkumer, Secretary Ungma Council inaugurated the badminton court in the presence of Ungma Baptist Church, Mokokchung District Badminton Association (MDBA) and Sports Society Soyim. Longkumer congratulated Soyim Shuttlers on the completion of the fully equipped court and expressed that this court in the village should be the beginning for the promotion of badminton for the people of Ungma Villagers in general.
He invited the Mokokchung District Badminton Association, of which was also present at the program, to use the courts for future tournaments in the district. Short exhortations were also delivered by Imtitongba Jamir and Temsuzenba Longkumer, members of the village council. Tiapokba, President of MDBA, also gave a short note of appreciation.
Alimayang Jamir, Secretary, Soyim Shuttlers in his short vote of thanks expressed gratitude to the Ungma Village Council, the Ungma Baptist Church and all donors who made the construction of the badminton court possible.
Soyim Shuttlers is a club based in Ungma village with 28 members. They organised a free badminton clinic during the lockdown for young badminton players aged 7-15 years where 27 children participated.
(Page News Service)