KOHIMA, MAY 5: Kohima emerged as the overall champion of the 1st Inter-District GHSS & GHS Athletic Meet 2021-2022 that was held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima on May 5.
The one-day sports meet was organised by the Department of School Education (DoSE) and funded by Samagra Shiksha Nagaland.
The total medal tally at the end of the meet for Kohima was 15 medals, followed by Dimapur with 11 medals in second position, followed by Mokokchung in third place with 8 medals.
Mon also secured 7 medals in total, placing them in fourth, followed by Phek with 4 medals. Peren, Zunheboto and Tuensang secured one medal each at the ongoing tourney.
Junior Education Officer (JEO), Vitsolie Keyho, informed that while all the 16 districts of Nagaland took part, Niuland, Chumoukedima, Kiphire, Tseminyu, Longleng, Noklak, Wokha and Shamator failed to secure a medal at the meet.
Speaking at the valedictory programme, Shanavas C (IAS), Principal Director, DoSE, stressed on the need to identify young talents from the school level so that their talent is further moulded to compete at the apex level of any sporting event.
It’s no surprise that Nagas are yet to be represented at the apex level of any sporting event, be it in the Olympics or the Football World Cup, he said. This is because we don’t do anything to promote the sports and games at the school level, he added.
Shanavas also lamented the while young talents in other states are given the opportunity to right from the school level, from where they move on to the block level, district level and so on, but so far Nagaland does not have many events to give exposures to the young talents present at the school level.
He also advised that even though one did not emerge victorious at the meet, it is important to note down personal best and work to better one’s performance in the coming days.
He assured that while the meet is being held for the first time, the DoSE is contemplating to make the meet an annual event and include more games and sports in the coming years.
He also informed that the department had been planning the event for the last two years but couldn’t hold the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Page News Service)