Friday, October 7, 2022

Naga wrestlers feted for winning medals at All India meet


Naga Wrestling Association (NWA) on Monday felicitated Naga wrestlers who won medals at the recently concluded 1st All India Traditional Wrestling and Pankration Federation cup held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh from May 12 to 15, 2022.
Speaker at the event, NOA secretary general & Athletics Federation of India associate vice president, Abu Metha congratulated the winners for bringing laurels to the State through their hard work. He said wrestling was a traditional game which brought people together and was a celebration of Nagas’ way of life.
He said every Naga was a stakeholder of the game but the real ones were the village folks, farmers and people living in the rural areas as through their participation the game has been kept alive and in turn had made them guardians of Naga legacy.
Further, Metha said that wrestling was not only confined to Nagaland but beyond especially in Assam, Arunachal and even Myanmar and therefore it has the criteria to be labeled as an international game.
He also lauded NWA for being the best performing sports associations in the State.
Metha further urged NWA to approach the game in a strategic and scientific manner, change the concept of players’ diets and have an open mind to embrace change.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by NWA president, Dr Hiabe Zeliang while technical secretary, Mitwatei Haiwang invoked God’s blessings.
Short speeches were delivered by NWA I&P secretary and contingent team leader, C. Theyo, and AITWPF vice president, Mosonyi Domeh.
In the tournament, Mhasisetuo Pfukha, Tsühveto Resüh, Rüguotuolie Metha, Kusayi Tsütso, Seyiejalie Gwirie, Hülüyi D Vadeo and Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü won gold in belt wrestling, silver by Seyietseiso Rutsa and bronze by Kevizhakho Suokhrie.
In girls Belt Wrestling, Sezolu Luruo won silver and bronze by Batsuvelu Venuh.
In MAS wrestling- -Vizosieo Metha, Rüguotuolie Metha, Tsühveto Resüh, Huluyi D Vadeo, Kezhaseluo-o Pienyü and Seyiekhrietuo Yiese won gold while Seyietseiso Rutsa and Kevizhakho Suokhrie fetched silver and bronze respectively.
Vekhonielu Curhah won silver in MAS wrestling in girl’s category.