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Popularising Angami indigenous game ‘Pcheda’
Correspondent VISWEMA, JAN 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Jan. 2011 12:54 AM IST
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In an attempt to popularize the traditional game ‘Pcheda’, one of the popular traditional games of the Southern Angami, the Tragopan Club Viswema organized the first ever open ‘Pcheda’ competition at Phuzwü, R. Khel, Viswema village here today.
The first ever competition witnessed a good response with 87 participants including several from the neighbouring villages vying for the coveted prizes.
The game is akin to Golf. It is played by sliding a stick made of a particular bamboo species on a solid mud platform. The playfield at Viswema which is considered the biggest, consists of five sliding platform from above and six platforms below.
The contestant who can slide, fly and land on the farthest dry bamboo stick is declared the winner.
Er. Toba Khatso, president, Southern Angami Sports Association (SASA) who graced the competition as the chief guest asserted ‘Pcheda’ was nothing less than any other games and termed it a gentleman’s game. “It is a game of technique and muscle reflex,” Er. Khatso said and stressed the need to popularize this indigenous game.
He lauded the organizers for initiating the open competition, and further reminded the game should not end with the competition, but popularized further.
He also said ‘Pcheda’ has the potential of gaining recognition in the national as well as the international arena, and called upon the people to make concerted effort to take the indigenous game forward.
Er. Mezakrol Rhütso, chief engineer, irrigation and flood control who was the chief patron of the competition also stressed on the need to popularize ‘Pcheda’, at the same time challenged the people to strive to bring this indigenous game into a greater limelight.
Zayieho Kin of Viswema village walked home richer with `10,000 by emerging as winner of the competition, while Eyongol Koso of Viswema village, Pukron Sothu of Viswema village and Tepuhokho Koso of Viswema village bagged `7000, ` 5000 and `2000 as second, third and fourth positions respectively.
Vengo Puro of Kezo town was adjudged the ‘Player of the Day’ and walked away with `1000, while Vikethoho Theyo (59 yrs) of Viswema village was adjudged the ‘Oldest Player Award’ with a cash prize of `1000.

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