Catch Them Young tournament concludes

Catch Them Young tournament concludes
Players selected by Baichung Bhutia Football Academy with officials of Department of Youth Resources and Sports at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima on Friday.
Dimapur, Oct 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/18/2019 12:36:24 PM IST

The 12th Inter-District Catch Them Young Tournament concluded on Friday at IG Stadium, Kohima with Alun Hangsing, secretary, department of Youth Resources and Sports as the special guest.

Speaking at the programme, Hangsing said playing sports helps in overcoming physical challenges and gain focus in life. He said, “games and sports keep us healthy and fit, it has become integral part of education, challenges in sports helps a person to face challenges in life.  A real sportsperson accepts defeat inspite of putting one’s best effort and helps built characters.”  The special guest also maintained that sports as a career is bright and rewarding, however, he reminded that one should involve in sports not only for career but to be healthy. 

Football scouts, Nikhil and Sumit also selected 15 players (2 goalkeepers, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders and 3 attackers) for training at Bhaichung Bhutia School, Delhi. 

According to Akumla Chuba, director, YR&S, Catch Them Young Tournament started in 1974 with the motto “Catch them young and teach them right” with only football and athletics but the department has taken the initiative to include wrestling, boxing, badminton and taekwondo in the coming years. She said the department will tap the best talents of the sportspersons from the districts for further training.

Dimapur district with 5 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze secured the most points. In the boy’s football final match played on the final day, Kiphire defeated Tuensang by a lone goal. 

A total of 290 participants including 215 boys and 75 girls from the eleven districts took part in the three-day sports tournament.

Earlier, the Inter-District Tournament was inaugurated by Er. Zale Neikha, advisor, YR&S. Teisobou Sekhose, deputy director chaired the function and Rato Pusa, additional director delivered the vote of thanks. 

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