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Mon & Dimapur wins 16th state level U-14 Sepaktakraw tourney

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Kohima, May 21: Mon and Dimapur districts today emerged champions of boys and girls categories of the 16th State Level Catch Them Young Under-14 Sepaktakraw tournament organized by Directorate of Youth Resource and Sports (DYRS) at Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima
In the boys category Mon district emerged champion while Dimapur and Mokokchung were placed second and third respectively.
In the girls’ category, Dimapur won the first position while Kohima and Mon were placed second and third respectively.
They received trophies and cash prizes.
Gracing the valedictory function as the guest of honour, Principal Secretary to Nagaland Chief Minister, Kesonyu Yhome said looking at the sports scenario in Nagaland in the last couple of years, a big salute should go to the department and the Sepaktakraw discipline athletes, coaches and officials for achieving lots of medals and bringing biggest laurels to the state government.
Over the years the state government has been investing in different disciplines but in a matter of few years the state has seen a huge achievement in the discipline of Sepaktakraw, he said.
The Sepaktakraw players from Nagaland have not played in the national level but even represented the nation in the international forums, he said, adding that this is a great moment for all of us to genuinely congratulate those who have brought laurels to the state.
Lauding the young boys and girls competing in the tournament, he said for any sportsperson to excel one of the most important things is discipline but many Nagas lack self-discipline off the court.
In order to make a career out of the sports, one has to maintain discipline on and off the court which does not mean only following the rules, but ensuring a healthy food habit.
To the department, Yhome suggested that they should pick up names of young athletes through such tournaments because scouting sportspersons after a certain age is not very useful.
He also sought for names of young talents, specially national and international achievers, so that the government would support them financially.
The state government slowly but surely is trying to ensure that the profession of sports can become an opportunity for livelihood for the young players and talent.
Director of YRS, Kethosituo Sekhose said that the department is aiming to send players to be part of the Indian national contingent to the 2026 Common Wealth Games by encouraging players through such state level competitions.
In the Asian games, Nagaland has had the highest number of players for the Indian team, he said while lauding the Sepaktakraw players.
The valedictory function was chaired by YRS Secretary Anthony Ngullie while thanksgiving prayer was offered by Pastor CBLK Anungla.
(Page News Service)

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