Rio hopes NE states will continue to build bond of friendship, unity

Rio hopes NE states will continue to build bond of friendship, unity
Neiphiu Rio addressing the closing ceremony. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/28/2020 12:21:51 PM IST

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the success of North East Dr T Ao Trophy 2020 had exemplified the fraternity of North Eastern States and hoped the region would continue to build bond of friendship under a spirit of unity and mutual co-existence so that together “we can rise”. 

He said this during the closing ceremony of the football tournament at IG Stadium here on Tuesday. 

Extending his appreciation to all participants and his chief ministerial colleagues of other North-eastern States for sending teams, Rio said they had played in the championships in an exemplary spirit of sportsmanship.

He also acknowledged the support of all organisations, government departments and individuals involved in making the 2020 edition a grand success.

The success of the event is because of the positive support of the people of Nagaland, he added. 

Speaking about Dr Talimeren Ao, Indian football team’s first captain who led the country at the Olympic Games, Rio remarked that Ao has etched his names in the annals of Indian sports and remained one of the greatest sons of Nagaland, “a legendary figure who will inspire every new generation, a champion, a nation builder and an icon who proved that no dream is impossible if one truly desires”.  

He informed the sports fraternity of the State that his government, in collaboration with Nagaland Olympic Association, the Government of India and Indian Olympic Association, was formulating a comprehensive long-term game-plan to develop sports in the State.  He hoped that the State would not only produce champions but also host national and international events and championships in the future. He therefore called upon all sections and stakeholders to work together as a cohesive unit and each citizen considering himself or herself as a member of team Nagaland. 

“Let us work together as one, together we will soar,” he exhorted. The closing ceremony was marked with folk fusion music and cultural flavour.

Meanwhile, Mizoram defeated Sikkim by a solitary goal to lift the Northeast Dr. T Ao Trophy for the third time while Nagaland defeated Arunachal Pradesh by 4-2 to claim the third position of the tournament. 


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