Rio suggests inclusion of indigenous games in local sports meet
Kohima, February 18: Kezhaseluo of Kohima Village representing Northern Angami Sports Association (NASA) emerged as the champion of the Angami Sports Association (ASA) 50th meet held at Kohima Local Ground here today.
Standing at 6.3 feet tall and weighing 134 Kgs, the giant 23 year-old wrestler Pienyü comfortably knocked Kezhavizo Thevo of Chedema village representing NASA. Thevo is 99 Kgs and stands 5.10 feet tall at 24 years.
This is the second time that Pienyü has lifted the ASA wrestling title. The first was in 2018.
Mhasilhousie Nagi, the former champion of ASA (2016) and reigning champion of Western Angami Youth Organisation (WAYO) from Jotsoma village won the third position while Vizakietuo Suoho of Kohima Village (NASA) was placed fourth.
The champion will receive a cash award of Rs 2 lakh. He also got champion’s belt, runners-up Rs 1.2 lakh, third got Rs 80,000 and fourth Rs 50,000.
Losing quarter finalists – Medosato Paünuo of Kijümetouma village (NASA), Kevizakho Suokhrie of Jotsoma village (WAYO), Keviser Dzüvichü of Kohima Village (NASA) and Seyiesalie Nakhro of Piphema village (Chakhroma Youth Organisation) got Rs 10,000 each.
Best tactic award of Rs 10,000 went to third place winner Mhasilhousie Nagi.
Meanwhile, in group points, WAYO and NASA emerged joint champions with 76 points each while SASA bagged second position with 71.5 points and CYO got third with 23.5 points. Group champions got Rs 1 lakh each, second got Rs 60,000 and third Rs 40,000.
Earlier, addressing the inaugural function, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said among all indigenous sports – Naga wrestling, although not played by all tribes it is good to see that the Tenyimi community continues to practice the age-old game.
The CM however stressed on the need to promote the indigenous games by constituting an expert committee to review the existing rules and regulations and simplify it so that the youngsters can learn the traditional games and sports.
Rio also suggested inclusion of more indigenous games in sports meets with a focus to preserve and promote the culture and tradition.
Nagaland government is also serious about promoting sports and the potential and talented youngsters for which various infrastructures have been created including Nagaland Olympic Association building for all sports discipline, regional centre of sporting excellence in Dimapur to enhance sports across the state, he said.
The Chief Minister also asserted that the government will extend all possible support to promote sports and Naga youths at various levels.
Rio announced the South Asian Athletic Federation Cross-country race and grand finale of Indian Rally Championship in March in Kohima.
Maintaining that sportspersons are most loved and admired throughout the world, Rio called upon them to maintain discipline and display the sporting spirit at all levels and continue to bring laurels for themselves, village and state in general.
Delivering the ASA presidential address, Lhoubeizo Kesiyie asserted that with a view to encourage participation of other Naga tribes in the traditional wrestling, ASA would endeavour to promote it by approaching the non-wrestling tribes.
He informed that as an initial measure, ASA invited all the Naga tribes to witness today’s event while further awareness would be conducted through special camps in the respective areas.
At least 11 sports associations and councils of different Naga tribes witnessed the wrestling event.
Other then Tenyimi legislators, Ministers G Kaito Aye and Temjen Imna Along also witnessed the wrestling bouts along with the Chief Minister.
Chaired by ASA auditor general Neisiesa Chüsi the programme commenced with blowing of traditional trumpet and introduction of former ASA wrestling champions.
Angami Baptist Church Council Director Rev Puthavil Neikha pronounced invocation and Angami Public Organization president Razouvotuo Chatsu extended greetings. ASA wrestling secretary Visakrol Vitsu administered the oath to the wrestlers.
The junior category Under-16 will be held Saturday morning at 9AM which will be followed by valedictory function at 2PM to be graced by MLA Khriehu Liezietsu.
(Page News Service)