Symposium on development of wrestling held

Correspondent Kohima, May 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/24/2019 12:07:45 PM IST

Nagaland wrestling association (NWA) organised a one-day symposium on development of wrestling with Abu Metha, secretary, Nagaland Olympic association as the guest speaker at AMK building, Kohima on Friday.

Metha in his address lauded the NWA officials for organising the symposium to promote Naga traditional wrestling. In modern society, traditional sports have become very popular and important competitive event and for Nagas, traditional wrestling is one of such sports, said Metha.   

The guest speaker said Nagas should promote traditional wrestling and make more popular and attractive to the outside world. He also reminded that Naga traditional wrestling is the celebration of Naga culture and heritage and should focus on spreading across the country and abroad like taekwondo and Sumo wrestling. While encouraging the NWA officials to document the Naga traditional wrestling, Metha also assured government’s support to promote the Naga wrestling.       

Former president of NWA, Kuhupoyo Puro urged the gathering to introspect the achievements of the association in its 20 years of affiliation to wrestling federation of India. He encouraged the gathering to train young people to be professional and bring laurel to the state. He suggested the need to have three tournaments yearly for sub-junior, junior and senior to promote the game. 

Former president Heirang Lungalang stressed the need to attract more fans and promote the game and spread across the Naga inhabited areas. He emphasised the need to train young and talented people to compete at higher level.

President of NWA, Neivikuolie Khatsu in his keynote address said the programme was a long felt need to promote Naga traditional wrestling. He informed that Naga wrestling is yet to expand to the other Naga tribes beyond Angami, Chakhesang and Zeliang. 

Naga wrestlers have more prospect in belt wrestling at national and international level, said Khatsu. He further added that NWA intends to introduce belt wrestling in 100 government school in the syllabus.

The president also informed that Keduovilie Zumu from Nagaland will be representing India at the mas-wrestling to be held at Azerbaijan from June 5-7 along with other 6 wrestlers from India. Two Naga wrestlers, the champion and runner-up of NWA 2019 Menuosetuo Yiese and Venuzo Dawhuo will participate at pai-wrestling in US on July 13, he added.

The inaugural session programme was chaired by Neivikuolie Khatsu, president, NWA, invocation prayer was offered by Chisazo Dawhuo, while Petekhriezo Dziivichu, joint secretary, NWA proposed the concluding remark.

The programme was attended by Nagaland Wrestling Referee Board members, trained referees, former Naga wrestling champions, NWA officials and others.

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