Dimapur, September 3: The Nagaland Athletic Association (NAA) has congratulated the Indian contingent that represented the country at the Tokyo Olympics and returned with seven medals including one Gold medal. This was India’s best ever Olympic performance and special commendation was made for Neeraj Chopra who won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Javelin, it said.
The NAA in its meeting held on September 1 last at Kohima extended its appreciation and gratefulness to the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) for appointing Abu Metha as the Associate Vice President of AFI. The NAA wished him a successful tenure, while thanking the AFI for acknowledging Nagaland and the Northeast in the sports journey of the country.
The NAA also congratulated the Indian contingent to the recently held World Athletics U20
Championships at Nairobi, where India won 3 medals and gave its best ever performance becoming the only Asian country to win medals at this event. The NAA further congratulated the
Team Leader of India at the Opening Ceremony, Abu Metha for leading the team in an exemplary manner and creating history for the country in the international arena.
Meanwhile, the NAA has approved an upcoming calendar of activities for athletics in Nagaland, which is aimed at promoting athletics, popularizing athletics amongst children and youth and to make serious efforts towards creating a sports culture in Nagaland.
The NAA observed that that the talents and abilities of Naga and Northeastern youth is not lacking in any manner and that if opportunities, vistas and facilities are created, there is no reason why our sportspersons cannot reach the highest levels.
Some of the highlights of the first phase of upcoming activities are:
Promotion of athletics amongst school and college students by conducting cross country and half marathon races at the district level and state level.
Conduct of inter-district athletics championships for sub-junior, junior and senior levels.
Conduct of intensive coaching state level camps for selected athletes to represent Nagaland at the regional and national level.
Conduct of workshop and training for Technical Officials in collaboration with the AFI.
Conduct of Kohima Cross Country as announced by the Honourable Chief Minister of Nagaland and make it a national level event.
The NAA will be issuing detailed information and procedures for participation in the upcoming events to the athletes through the district associations, Deputy Commissioners, District Sports
Officers and other concerned officials.
The NAA, while appreciating the State Government and the Department of Youth Resources & Sports, seeks the continuous cooperation and assistance of the State Government and the Nagaland Olympic Association for further promotion of its activities, programmes and calendar of events. (Page News Service)