Dimapur, December 20: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was unanimously elected as the president of Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) on December 19. His election was announced by the observer of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Sudanshu Mittal, who is the vice president of IOA and president of the Khokho Federation of India.
Mittal informed that after submission of his report, the Nagaland Olympic Association will be invited to attend the meeting of the national body in New Delhi. Addressing the special general meeting of NOA, Mittal stated that there is vast potential for international sport persons to emerge from the North eastern region including Nagaland. He observed that people of Nagaland have natural capabilities for becoming good sportsmen, while noting that climatic conditions of Nagaland will be conducive for sporting persons given the fact that Nagaland is situated at a higher altitude. He opined that Nagaland being a hilly State, the people have natural sporting ability and fitness.
He assured the Olympic fraternity of Nagaland of the national body’s full fledged support and hoped that new opportunities would be created for the vast pool of natural talents here.
The Nagaland Olympic Association also appreciated IOA for participating in the meeting and thanked Mittal for his personal initiatives while hoping that the national Olympic body would assist the State in developing sports. (Page News Service)