It would be a déjà vu for a Naga at the London Olympic Games, if Naga woman archer Chekrovolu Swuro makes it to the final list of Indian women archers to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.
The first Naga Olympian was legendry Dr. T. Ao in 1948 when he captained the Indian football team by playing barefooted in the entire football tournament.
Significantly London is also hosting the Olympic games after a gap of 64 years.
However, a bitter confusion was created over the reported news of selection of the Chekrovolu Swuro, a Naga International archer and currently part of the Indian women Archery team to have qualified for the 2012 London Olympics games.
She was part of the Indian women team, which won silver medal at the ongoing Archery world Championships 2011 at Turin Italy. Swuro’s achievement was laudable and sealed her a berth for India women Team to Olympics games.
However, there is un-certainty whether she would be able to make to the final list of India women team, after names are finally declared before the 2012 London Olympics games.
According to International sports rules and regulations, a member being part of a team event in a qualifying tournament would not mean a guarantee a place in the final list and changes can take place when the final list is announced.
It happened in the 2004 Athens Olympics games, when Chekrovolu Swuro was part of the Indian women Archery team. In the 2003 qualifying tournament, the Indian women team qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics games but Chekrovolu did not make it to the final list for Athens games.
In case she is included for the 2012 London Olympics, Chekrovolu Swuro will be the second Naga sports person after legendary Dr. T. Ao, to represent India at the Olympics.
Speaking to this Correspondent, Nagaland Olympics Association (NOA) Secretary and Press Secretary to Chief Minister Abu Metha said that the NOA President and State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was elated to hear the news of Chekrovolu Swuro winning a medal at the Archery world championships. He said Rio has sought a detailed report from the archery federation. Further, Metha said that of Swuro’s achievement was a shinning example which the upcoming Naga sportspersons should emulate.
Metha also disclosed that the chief minister would soon issue a congratulatory statement and even likely to announce cash award for Chekrovolu.
It many be recalled that event in 2003, this Correspondent wrote a news item in this newspaper on Chekrovolu Swuro, as being part of the Indian women Archery team in qualifying tournament, when the team qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics games.
The impact of the report at home led to Swuro receiving handsome cash rewards from the state government and the security forces.
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