Kohima, November 4: Vekutho Soho from Chakhesang community and Dushant Kumar from Jharkhand today emerged winners in the general category and tourist category of the 13th International Hornbill Naga Wrestling championship organized by Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) at Amphitheatre in Kisama.
In the general category which had nine each participants from three Naga tribes – Angami, Chakhesang and Zeliang saw Vekutho Soho defeating Mhasilhousie Nagi in the final to emerge as the new champion.
Vekutho is the son of former NWA Champion Hukhoneyi Soho, 34 years weighing 81 Kg and standing 5’7 feet tall hailing from Phek Village.
Mhasilhousie Nagi son if Nisako Nagi from Jotsoma Village of 27 years, weighing 93 Kgs standing 5’1o feet stood.
Vekutho Soho bagged Rs 1.2 lakh as the champion while Mhasilhousie got Rs 80,000 as runners-up.
Champion of 12th edition (2018), Menuosetuo Yiese and Kezhavizo Thevo bagged Rs 30,000 each as the joint third place winners.
The tourist category had six wrestlers, wherein Dushant Kumar from Jharkhand as the champion received Rs 10,000 and Ankit Singh from Delhi as runners-up got Rs 5,000.
Gracing the occasion as special guest, Chairman of Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu gave away prizes to the winners.
In his inaugural address, Dr Keditsu thanked the NWA for promoting wrestling in the state which is now an international sport event.
President NWA, Neivikuolie said that wrestling in Naga society is by far the most important sports which is being enjoyed by both young and old. Among the Naga indigenous games and sports, wrestling forms the back bone and has the essence of feeling pride and oneness. He also added that wrestling brings the indigenous and non-indigenous people together and also connects us to our culture.
(Page News Service)