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Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü is 29th NWA Champion

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Kohima, March 26: Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü today emerged as the new champion of the 29th Naga Wrestling Championship organized by Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) at Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Pienyü, a 25-year-old wrestler standing at 6.3 feet and weighing 136 kgs, is the son of Lt. Thepfusanyü Pienyü of Kohima Village representing Angami Wrestling Association.
In the final bout, Pienyü defeated Vemele Thingo, s/o Dikhamo Thingo of Thipizu village, Phek district representing Chakhesang Wrestling Association (CWA).
Pienyü entered the final defeating two time champion Venuzo Dawhuo of CWA in the semi-final bout.
Dawhuo bagged the third position while Rukukhoto Khesoh (CWA) was placed fourth place winner.
As the champion Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü received a total cash prize of Rs 3.50 lakh, including Rs 30,000 with the Velahü Puroh trophy.
Runners-up Vemele Thingo received Rs 2.20 lakh, third Venuzo Dawhuo got Rs Rs 1.50 lakh while four fourth Rukukhoto Khesoh got Rs 1.20 lakh.
The losing quarter finalist also received Rs 25,000 each while all other wrestlers got Rs 4000 each.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister T R Zeliang were the chief host and host, and Mamho Chakrüno was the ambassador of this edition of the tournament.
Earlier, gracing the inaugural function as the chief guest, World Alysh Federation (WAF) president Adilet Bayaman Uulu appreciated the conduct of the tournament by NWA saying that the sports of Alysh and Naga wrestling have brought us together.
He also looked forward to the sport of wrestling to bring the people closer to each other as sports truly unites people.
Sharing some upcoming events of Alysh wrestling, he informed that Alysh wrestling is included in next year’s Indoor Asian games 2025 in Riyadh while Grand prix will be held from April 25-27 in Bishkek this year.
Also informing that the WAF is working hard to include belt wrestling in Asian games 2026 in Japan, Uulu also hoped that very soon it will be an Olympic sport because this is played by many countries in central Asia, Europe and African nations.
Nagaland to host Asian Best Wrestling championship
Delivering the NWA presidential address, Hiabe Zeliang said traditionally Naga wrestling has been practiced since time immemorial.
It is not only a game but also a custom of the Naga people whereby, friendship is developed, sanctification of male folk is done during wrestling days and certain disputes among the community members are honorably and amicably resolved through it, he said.
It is also more of celebration as the wrestling championship is an event which pulls the biggest crowd in the state than any other sports, he said.
Meanwhile, on behalf of NWA, he expressed gratitude to the state government, leaders of the Naga community, wrestling lovers and sympathizers for their constant support to promote wrestling.
Informing that the Government of Nagaland has approved and given assurance to the World Alysh Federation that Nagaland would host Asian Belt Wrestling Championship 2024, he said it will provide an avenue to the Naga wrestlers at the International level.
Chaired by NWA general secretary Vilekho Bio the programme commenced with prayer by Senior Pastor of CBCMK Rev Vevo Phesao while Seyievinuo Chuzho enthralled the gathering with a special number. NWA technical secretary Mitwatei Haibwang administered the oath to the wrestlers and judges.
(Page News Service)

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