Chozuba (Phek), February 9: Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton today called upon the wrestling communities to come forward in training the non-wrestling tribes in the state.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 29th Wrestling Championship of the Chakhesang Wrestling Association (CWA) and Under-16 meet at Chozuba Town as the special guest, Patton said wrestling sport has a rich cultural history and tradition embedded in Naga society since time immemorial.
“Our ancestors and forefathers engaged in wrestling competitions as a way of building physical strength, honing martial skills and inculcating virtues of bravery, resilience and sportsmanship also as a way of life since olden days though the organized form of wrestling took shape only in the later stage,” he said.
Appreciating the wrestling tribes – Angami, Chakhesang and Zeliang for upholding the age-old game, Patton also urged them to go to the Lotha area and other non-wrestling Naga areas and impart training so that Nagas in general would come together to compete in the traditional event.
He also asserted that the legislators would come together and sponsor the training sessions.
The Deputy CM also hoped that the passion in organizing the Naga form of wrestling sport spreads across all tribes of Naga society in days to come.
Over the decades, Patton said, Nagaland has produced many wrestlers who have made the state and nation proud with their feats in national and global competitions and announced the arrival of Nagaland as a powerhouse in this sport.
Promising young athletes are emerging from districts across the state showcasing their talent – bright future of Naga wrestlers in which the Phek district is second to none, he said.
The Deputy CM maintained that competitions such as this play a pivotal role not only in identifying and grooming fresh talent in the state but it also fosters friendship and unity among different communities in our society as the Motto of the CWA clearly says “Friendship through Competition”.
Patton said that the government of the day under the dynamic Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is giving maximum emphasize in sports and music sector in order to promote the youths of the state in these sectors so that talented youngsters can be self-employed instead of running after jobs only in government sector which is already saturated now.
Therefore, he earnestly appealed to all the young wrestlers participating in this competition to give your best performance in the true spirit of sportsmanship and with dedication.
Local MLA of Chozuba A/C and Advisor for CAWD and Taxes, Kudecho Khamo while expressing that sports is growing more popular day by day which has become and industry, told the sports persons to be hardworking and be discipline.
The state government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Rio has been working for the overall development, including sports in the state,, he said while also emphasizing the need for economic development through entrepreneurship.
Khamo envisioned that each family in his constituency should have a project, an entrepreneur, and dedicated prayer time, calling for concerted efforts for progress.
Chaired by CWA vice president Vezohu Ruho the programe commenced with prayer by invocation prayer by Vekusa Lohe, Pastor CTBC followed by unfurling of CWA flag by first CWA champion Pudusa Chizho. Chizho also lit the championship torch while reigning champion Venuzo Dawhuo and reigning U-16 champion Thuputha Hesuh were the torch bearers.
CWA president Vekhozo Ringa delivered the presidential address while Assistant Technical Secretary Rudasa Cürhah administered oath to the 50 senior wrestlers and 16 U-6 wrestlers from the four ranges of CWA – Chorkri Area Wrestling Association, Chozuba Range Wrestling Association, Phek Area Wrestling Association and Secheku Wrestling Association.
(Page News Service)