DIMAPUR THRASH WOKHA 6-1 IN OPENER; PEREN BLANK ZUNHEBOTO 4-0
Football event for the 2nd Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games (NOPG) 2022 kick started after the inaugural programme at Indira Gandhi Stadium, here on Wednesday.
In the opening match, Dimapur district thrashed Wokha 6-1, Peren blanked Zunheboto 4-0 and Shamator beat Mon 3-2.
Speaking as special guest, advisor for Youth Resources and Sports, Er Zale Neikha, appreciated all the 16 districts taking part in the various disciplines of the games.
He said Olympic symbolised the unity of athletes who had come from all the parts of the State through their love for sports and to appreciate the beauty of the game.
He said the goal of Olympic was to build a better and peaceful world by educating youths through sports practice without discrimination of any kind in true Olympic spirit which requires mutual understanding, good leadership, solidarity and fair play.
Neikha disclosed that about 4000 athletes will be participating from all the districts in the State and will compete in 11 disciplines of sports including archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, lawn tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, shooting and wushu.
He said football was one of the attractions of the people as it was played in all the districts and villages.
Citing famous international player like Pele and Nagaland’s Dr Talimeren Ao, Neikha said one thing evident in such players were hard work and dedication.
He urged the players to give their best by exhibiting confidence, discipline and dedication and replicate the good qualities of legendary players.
Exhorting the players to develop a sportsmanship mindset, which was lacking, the advisor urged the players to be humble as it was one’s pride that led to downfall. He urged the players to take responsibility and strive to be the best in the discipline they choose. Later, Neikha conveyed best wishes to all the players.
Earlier, in the inaugural programme, the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) flag was unfurled by NOA secretary general, Abu Metha.
The programme was chaired by Nagaland Football Association (NFA) vice president and organising committee (Football Event) convenor, Colo Mero.