Zale appeals Nagas to choose correct discipline to excel through sports
Kohima, October 17: The 23rd Inter District cum Nagaland Open Table Tennis Championship organized by Nagaland Table Tennis Association (NTTA) and hosted by Kohima DTTA commenced today at Indoor TT Stadium here.
Altogether 80 players from Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha, Phek, Zunheboto, Mon and Peren are competing in the team event for Inter District championship while the open category will have competition for men, women, youth and junior.
Addressing the opening ceremony as host, Advisor for Youth Resources & Sports, Zale Neikha said that Nagas are second to none and have the talent and potential to excel in the field of sports.
“Yet, we Nagas are unable to choose for ourselves the sports that suits our physic and we tend to participate in all form of sports thereby become jack of all trade but master of none,” Neikha said.
Also remarking that Nagas do not maintain proper diet, he said “our sportsperson do not maintain health fitness standard, our sportsperson do not undergo proper training camps.”
Generally, he said, we become too complacent with small achievements.
Neikha said Nagas have the mentality that only education can guarantee employment opportunities, while undermining the very fact that sports is also an area where one can earn laurels and achieve for ourselves honour and glory.
He recalled the Chekrovolu Swuro, because of her dedication and achievements in archery, has been honoured with the lucrative post of Deputy Superintendent of Police while boxer Mary Kom and athlete Hima Das, who have also achieved success through sports.
He stressed on the need to shift gears and change old mindset and have broader outlook to become prominent sportspersons.
Further, he urged upon players to give their best and compete in the true spirit of the game.
Compared by Kethose Chüzho the pastor of SABAK Rev Kiyeto Sema pronounced the invocation while NTTA vice president Kezhaletuo Meze tendered the vote of thanks. Special number was presented Keneisenuo Sorhie and Sede Belho.
The championship will conclude on Friday.
(Page News Service)