Friday, July 1, 2022

Kedosie Nagi wins inter-collegiate wrestling


Kedosie Nagi from Sazolie College emerged as the champion of the first Bienniel Inter-collegiate Naga Wrestling Competition held at IG stadium, here on Friday.
In an exciting final match, Kedosie beat Azhalhou Kire from Alder College and emerged as the winner.
Rokoviso Sechü from Baptist College was declared the second runner-up in a technical knockout while Avituo Nagi from Sazolie College together rounded up the top four positions.
The winner walked away with a cash prize of Rs 30,000, while the other three position holders bagged Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.
A total of 29 wrestlers from 13 colleges from different parts of State took part in the one-day event.
Special guest for the event, advisor, Technical Education & Election, Medo Yhokha in his speech said wrestling was one sporting event which had been evolving over the years.
Acknowledging the presence of renowned wrestlers in the audience, he said their solidarity towards the event would greatly boost the morale of the players and also encourage them to give their best while playing.
Lauding the organisers of the event, Yhokha said the event had the potential to reflect the culture at the same time promote the indigenous game. He pointed out that there was a need to diversify the career options for the upcoming youth basing on the present situation of the society.
Observing that the general approach to livelihood was to look for government jobs, Yhokha urged the youths to look beyond the conventional and create one’s own opportunities.
He said there was no profession which was below dignity and that youths should be more realistic in their approach towards self-sustainability. He pointed out the need to harness the resources and potentials of the youths and help them to achieve the best.
Yhokha disclosed that the government was also framing various policies and programmes for sportspersons as well as construct more infrastructure.
He called on the youths to take up the responsibility of building the society and learning institutions.
He wished the best to the players and hoped they would continue to be ambassadors of the game.
In the award ceremony, guest of honour, Dr. Hiabe Zeliang, in his speech expressed his appreciation to the organisers, Sazolie College, Kohima for successfully hosting the event.
He said if Naga players dedicate themselves, they also have the potential to compete with others at national and even international level competitions.
He urged the players to be disciplined and work hard in order to be able to perform their best.
He stressed on the need for consistency in both training and lifestyle of players as it was the main determining factor in the success of a sportsperson.
He said determination transcends all human shortcomings and therefore urged the players to keep pushing themselves to reach the best.
Sazolie College principal, Dr. Kangzangding Thou while delivering the welcome address said the discussion to hold this event started 3 years back but was kept on hold because of Covid.
He said the intention to hold the event was to promote the Naga indigenous sport among the students would be a good opportunity for students to not just compete but also learn from each other.
He said sports could be used as a traditional, art and crafts knowledge source.
He observed that educational institutions could play a significant role in promoting and preservation of Naga culture.


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