Lack of facilities, resources affecting sportsmen: Rio

DIMAPUR, DEC 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/11/2020 12:43:03 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio lamented that despite Nagaland having talented individuals-- the lack of facilities, resources and funding, have affected the overall growth of sportspersons.

Rio, who is also the president of the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA), while addressing the annual general meeting with the affiliated associations on December 11 at the State Banquet Hall, also pointed out the various challenges faced by the State, a DIPR report stated.
Many activities have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the chief minister urged that people must move forward and learn to live with it, as it was the new way of life. 
Asserting that sports was highly competitive and a full time job, Rio said that in order to deserve recognition and achieve one needed to be discipline, committed and dedicated.
He also suggested setting up of an office complex for the NOA, which would be functional throughout the year.
NOA secretary general, Abu Metha in his presentation spoke about the history of the association and its recent activities. He said that the Nagaland Olympic Association was established in 1987. However, the NOA got affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association only in 2004 through the collective efforts of various people such as chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and Er. Lanu Toy, the founding president of NOA. 
Abu also highlighted about the lack of proper sports infrastructures in the State, adding that the Indira Gandhi Stadium at Kohima and the Cricket Ground at Sovima were the only two infrastructures in the State with proper and standard facilities. 
He called for streamlining of various sports associations and strengthening them. Metha also proposed for reservation of posts for sports persons in various fields. He added that sports, is the most watched event in the world and it brings people together and unifies them.
The Nagaland Wrestling Association, in its presentation, informed the various activities taken up by the association. The association also informed that affiliation to the NWA is open to any district or tribe. The Nagaland Athletic Association also gave a presentation at the function where it highlighted the various goals and targets. During the meeting, the chief minister also launched the website of the Nagaland Athletics Association. Various agendas were also taken up in the house for approval.
The meeting was chaired by senior vice president NOA, Meren Paul, welcome address was delivered by vice president, K. Kire while vote of thanks was proposed by assistant general secretary, Neivikuolie Khatsu.


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