Menuosetuo Yiese is 26th Naga wrestling champion


Kohima, March 15: Menuosetuo Yiese representing Angami Sports Association (ASA) today emerged champion of the 26th Naga Style Wrestling organized by Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) at Kohima local ground.
The 19-year-old grappler standing at 6 feet and weighing 118 kg is the son of late Khrilatuo Yiese of Kohima village.
In the final bought, Meneuosetuo defeated 22-year old Vekutho Soho, son of Hukhoneyi Soho of Phek village, representing Chakhesang tribe.
Mhasilhousie Nagi of Jotsoma village, representing ASA and Venuzo Dawhuo of Thenyizu village, representing CWA bagged third and fourth position respectively.
Winning the championship, Menuosetuo received cash award of Rs 3.3 lakh, including Late Velahü Memorial Trophy and cash Rs 30,000. Runners-up Vekutho received Rs 2 lakh while third and fourth place winners got Rs 1 lakh and Rs 80,000 respectively and losing quarter finalist got Rs 20,000 each.
Earlier, in the morning Minister for Planning and Coordination and Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu graced the inaugural session.
In his address, Kronu lauded the efforts of the NWA in conducting the indigenous style of Naga wrestling. He emphasized on the need to promote Naga wrestling beyond the three Tenyimi districts of the State and also at National and International levels as similar form of Naga style of wrestling is being practiced in South East Asian countries too.
Sportspersons are the most respected people, he said while encouraging them to dedicated and hardworking with regular practice in order to be professional.
Meanwhile, taking the advantage of the presence of more than 25,000 spectators thronging the venue, Kronu on behalf of the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio who was actually supposed to be the chief guest of the programme, extended greetings to the people of the State.
He also appealed to the people extend cooperation with the government under the leadership of Rio saying that the new NDPP-led PDA government has decided to create infrastructure projects and also take immediate attention to the damage roads.
“This government has decided to bring stability of governance and bring change… we need the support and cooperation of the people to overcome the hurdles hindering the faster development of the State with quality works,” Kronu said.
(Page News Service)