Kohima, December 4: Reigning champion of Nagaland Wrestling Association Menuosetuo Yiese today emerged champion of 12th International Hornbill Naga Wrestling Championship 2018 held at Amphitheatre, Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
The championship is organised by Nagaland Wrestling Association and sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Nagaland.
Menuosetuo defeated reigning champion of King of the Ring Series 7 Venuzo Dawhuo in the final bout.
The 20-year old from Kohima Village representing Angami Sports’ Association walked away with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh along with citation. 21-year old Venuzo Dawhuo, the runners up from Thenyizu village received Rs 60,000.
Kezhavizo Thevo and Vetuzo Dawhuo were placed 3rd and fourth respectively and received Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 each.
22 wrestlers representing Angami Sports’ Association (ASA), Chakhesang Wrestling Association (CWA), Zeliang Wrestling Association (ZWA) participated in the championship.
In Amateur & Tourist category, Bongtang Phom from Longleng district emerged champion. Phom overpowered S Mongtsoalam Khiamniungan in the final match. It may be mentioned that Phom is also a gold medallist in MAS wrestling of the 6th National Traditional Wrestling & Pankration Championship 2018.
Phom received Rs 30,000, while second place S Mongtsoalam Khiamniungan received Rs 20,000. Thechamo Murry and Sanjeet Kumar Thakur from Bihar got Rs 10,000 and 5,000 as third and fourth place winners respectively.
Altogether six participants including three from Bihar, Kerala and Chandigarh took part in the traditional wrestling.
President of Nagaland Taekwondo Association Pele Khezhie Pele Khezhie in his address said wrestling occupies the most prominent places amongst Nagas and it has developed immensely over time. He said in the earlier days people used to wrestle with strength as tricks and wits were unknown to them. However, “Wrestling is no more only about a sheer power and strength but also of wit and strategy. It has become an actual art,” he said.
He encouraged young Nagas to take up taekwondo as it has a great scope nationally and internationally. Stating that Nagas have great potential in mastering the game, he said “with interest, practise and dedication, we can accomplish great heights in the sports. (Page News Service)