Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Nagaland observes National Sports Day

Joining the rest of the country, department of Youth Resources and Sports organised various activities in Kohima on the occasion of National Sports Day, in Kohima on Monday.
National Sports Day is observed every year on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand.
On the occasion, advisor for Youth Resources and Sports, Er. Zale Neikha expressed gratitude to the sportspersons of Nagaland, who brought many laurels to create a statement of what they can do with sports discipline.
He said the day aims to create awareness about physical activities, sports, and overall health and lauds the supports of coaches, trainees, families towards the upliftment of athletes and sportspersons.
He added national sports day was a perfect opportunity to get self interested in the world of sports and urged the sportspersons to adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Secretary to department of Youth Resources and Sports (YRS), Wezope Kenye speaking on the occasion observed that Nagaland was also performing in par with the other states of India. “We just witnessed few days ago athletes coming together from all corners of Nagaland in the spirit of sports” he said.
With more than 2000 athletes participated from 16 districts and taking away 347 medals back home, he said “we have shown impeccable passion towards sports and I wish all the athletes the best for their endeavour in their journey”.
In celebration with the Sports Day, the department of Youth Resources and Sports conducted various activities. The department started with a fitness regime at I.G Stadium in the morning with participants from branches of DYRS department officials, I.G student and coaches.
While a day-long program was held for I.G Students by conducting various indigenous games such as tug of war, cock fight and sack race for the academy students.
A hockey friendly match was played at KIC Jakhama and concluding the day, department of YRS played a friendly football match with School Education Department.
The exhibition match was graced by Zale Neikha and in the match YRS dept defeated School Education dept. 4-1.
It maybe mentioned National Sports Day is celebrated on 29th August to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand. The day is also dedicated to the nations’ sports heroes and champions, honouring their contribution and dedication towards bringing laurels to the country.
With the aim to raise awareness about the values of sports: discipline, perseverance, sportsman spirit, teamwork, and to encourage public in large to take up sports and make it an integral part of their lives while emphasizing on the importance of being fit and healthy.
CM greets sportspersons
On the occasion of National Sports Day, Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio has extended greetings to the sportspersons.
In his speech, Rio said National Sports Day has been observed on August 29 every year to commemorate the birthday of Indian Hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, who won medals in the Olympics for India in 1928, 1932 and 1936.
“Today is the Day when tributes are made to all the sportsmen and women of the State for bringing laurels to the State, and a Day to encourage about the importance of Sports and being physically active in daily life”, Rio said.
He said Nagas have proven that sports was a part and parcel of life, and if taken up seriously as a profession as evident from the recently concluded Nagaland Olympics and Paralympics Games-cum-Inter District Tournaments, many promising athletes would be identified.