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Venuzo Dawhuo is Naga wrestling meet champion

Venuzo Dawhuo is Naga wrestling meet champion
Venuzo Dawhuo (hands raised) along with other winners, legislators, NWA officials and others on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/10/2020 10:54:21 PM IST

Venuzo Dawhuo (24 years) hailing from Thenyizu village under Phek district emerged as the champion of the 27th Nagaland Wrestling Association meet on Tuesday at local ground (Khuochiezie), Kohima. Dawhuo, the reigning champion of Chakhesang Wrestling Association, received a cash prize of Rs.5 lakh with medal, citation, memento, sash, brooch and Lt. Velahu Puro Memorial Trophy and additional cash prize of Rs.30,000.

The first runner-up, Kezhaseluo Pienyü (21) from Kohima village received a cash prize of Rs.3 lakh with medal, citation, memento, sash and brooch. Pienyü was also the runner-up of Angami Wrestling M 2020.

The third position was bagged by Vevohu Swuro (29) from Thenyizu village under Phek district. He pocketed Rs. 1 lakh with medal, citation, memento, sash and brooch. Kuneshoyi Zuo (30) from Lekromi village under Phek district bagged the fourth position and received Rs. 80,000 with medal, citation, memento, sash and brooch.   

The losing quarter-finalists, namely; Besuhveto Cümu (Phusachodu village), Pfusato Tetseo (K. Bawe village), Rovilhuolie Pier (Khonoma village) and Keviser Dzüvichü (Kohima village) were awarded with Rs. 20,000 each along with memento, aash, brooch and citation.

Altogether, 54 wrestlers (18 each from Angami, Chakhesang and Zeliang tribes) participated in the tournament. All the participants received a sum of Rs.3,000 each.

Meanwhile, the reigning NWA champion, Menuosetuo Yiese (21), and reigning champion of Angami Wrestling Meet and former NWA champion (2016) Vechita Khesoh (34) failed to qualify for the pre-quarter-final.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who graced the event as the special guest, saluted the pioneers on the occasion of 50th year celebration (1969-2020) of Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA). He reminded the gathering that sports should be taken seriously. He advised the NWA to frame wrestling rules and also enhance the prize money for the winners by searching sponsorship. While expressing concern over the lack of indoor stadium to conduct wrestling, Rio said his government will work on that. The Chief Minister also assured that the government would support NWA to uplift the standart of Naga wrestling. 

Earlier, Kuzholuzo Nienu, MLA lauded the effort of NWA to introduce Naga wrestlers in the international platform. He said that Nagas need revolution in the field of music, sports and wrestling. He advised the champions not to misuse the title. He also encouraged the losers to learn from their mistake to do better next time.

Neivikuolie Khatsu, president, NWA said that there are different styles of wrestling in the world and Naga wrestlers have great advantage in the belt wrestling. The president also highlighted the need of infrastructure, wrestling stadium, coaching camps, junior and sub-junior category to train at tender age and the need to introduce Naga style wrestling to other districts and even to mainland India.

The inaugural programme was chaired by Dr. Hiabe Zeliang, Transcend Voice presented the NWA anthem, Kuhupoyo Puro, former NWA president lighted the NWA torch and the oath taking was administered by Chisazo Dawhuo, senior state wrestling coach. 

On Wednesday, the 1st Under -16 NWA Championship will begin at 10am.

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