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1st indigenous game competition begins

1st indigenous game competition begins
Athletes taking part in the indigenous games competition at IG Stadium, Kohima.
Correspondent Kohima, Dec 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/13/2018 11:34:41 AM IST

The 1st state level indigenous game competition organised in commemoration of Dr. T Ao birth centenary got underway at IG Stadium, Kohima on Thursday.

Gracing the inaugural programme as the special guest, Zale Neikha, advisor, YRS pointed out that indigenous games of different tribes vary in many aspects, and have their own significant and impact in the society. 

However, he observed that over the years most of the indigenous games once played by the forefathers are fast disappearing and its art almost at stake. 

“We (Nagas) ought to take pride in playing the indigenous game, and also teach the younger generation to learn before all it is lost” said Neikha and expressed hope that this competition will portray the rich culture heritage of the Naga society and will enliven the old game once played by forefathers. 

Neikha also hoped that through this competition, Naga indigenous games will be promoted and will catch the attention of the world with proper management and popularity. 

He also encouraged the department to continue this indigenous games competition so that it can be promoted to higher level. 

A total of 11 districts from the state of Nagaland with 10 representatives each are taking part in the competition. 

The events for this year’s competition are tug of war, stilt bamboo race, cock fight and grease bamboo pole climbing.

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