Zeme Olympics get underway at Jalukie

DIMAPUR, DEC 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/10/2019 12:36:40 PM IST

The first ever Zeme Olympics got underway at Jalukie under Peren district Tuesday on the theme “Arise and Win”. 

The inaugural ceremony was graced by Leader of Opposition and former chief minister TR Zeliang as special guest and DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier, as guest of honour. 
The event is being organized by Zeme Olympic Association (ZOA) from three States of Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. A total of 106 contingents from three states are participating in various disciplines: Men’s Football-70 teams, Men’s Volleyball-43 teams, Women Volleyball-25 teams and Athletics. The events would be held at four different places— Govt. Hr. Sec. School Ground Jalukie town, Samziuram ground, Jalukie B ground and Mhainamtsi ground.
Speaking at the inaugural session, TR Zeliang, advisor to ZOA, extended his gratitude to the organizers, ZOA for rendering their service and contributing selflessly in organizing the first ever Zeme Olympics. 
He said that sports played an important role in the overall development of human’s life. Zeliang said that a good education system was not only based on the development of the mind but was equally focused on the development of the physical body too.
He, therefore, urged the youngsters to make sports an integral part of one’s life. 
Zeliang hoped that the participants would display the highest standard of discipline and sportsmanship and that the Olympics would be a starting point to strengthen unity among the people. 
He encouraged the Zeme people from Nagaland, Manipur and Assam to stand in unison with one voice so as to reunite the fragmented organizations of the Zeliang people in the three states.
Later, the olympic was officially declared open by the special guest. Football opening match was played between Nzauna and Beisampuilwa.
Earlier, the special guest upon his arrival unveiled the Monolith at Multi Purpose Ground, Jalukie Town and was dedicated by ZBCC Nagaland executive secretary, Izieteilung Terieng. The opening ceremony was presided by Holy Newme and Keyi Putlang, while presidential speech was delivered by Jeremiah Pame and greetings by Dr. Alison Kahn from Oxford University Film Institute, UK.

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