64th KVSA meet 2020 kick starts

Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/6/2020 12:26:03 PM IST

64th Kohima Village Sports Association (KVSA) meet 2020 began at Khuochiezie (Local Ground) here Monday evening following a glittering opening ceremony.

The programme began with blowing of Teiiutu and beating of drum followed by display of different colours of flag by children and then KVSA flag held by retired sportspersons made its grand entrance.

After the contingents from the four khels namely Tsütuonuomia (T. Khel), Lhisemia (L. Khel), Dapfhütsumia (D Khel) and Pfuchatsümia (P. Khel) besides KVSA office bearers and the mascot (Adielo) marched in, the KVSA theme song followed, which was composed by Medongulie Tsiekha was sung by Mengu Suokhrie. A stag named “Adielo” is the official mascot of KVSA meet 2020. Adielo in Tenyidie means ‘to forgive one another’ or ‘to think for the welfare of one another’.

The opening session also witnessed a drill display by more than 210 participants from Kohima village students union (KVSU).

On the occasion, the 75th anniversary photo album of KVSA was also released by chief host Neiphi Kire, chairman Kohima village, who blessed the meet.

Speaking at the event, the chief host expressed happiness that a large number of players were taking part in this year’s meet.

Kire expressed hope that the theme “Adielo” would bring the villagers closer and bind them stronger. “In the busy and fast running world, we should all prioritise our work and also give our best for the benefit of our society,” he stated.  Stating that the most important part of the 64th KVSA meet was the players, Kire said “we should know and understand the hard work of our players.”  He said that one should give importance to the sportspersons in the state and create awareness about government schemes and employment through sports. Earlier, the programme began with invocation by Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor Keviyiekielie Linyü. In spite of the cold weather, the ground was packed with spectators and sports enthusiasts.

A total of 33 events have been planned for the six-day sports meet including 26 athletics, 6 games (outdoor and indoor) and wrestling. Altogether, 114 medals would be given away including 45 gold, 45 silver and 24 bronze. The organizer had informed that the football and athletic would be held at IG stadium Kohima, under 16 (boys) wrestling at L. khel indoor stadium, badminton, table tennis and chess (men & women) at indoor stadium and basket ball, volley and wrestling at Khuochiezie (local ground).

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