Temjenlemba wins Winter Open Snooker Challenge

Temjenlemba wins Winter Open Snooker Challenge
Guest of honour Kezhalelie Keretsu with CAN officials and winners on December 12.
Dimapur, Dec 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/12/2020 12:58:43 PM IST

Temjenlemba Longchar on Saturday emerged as the champion of the 1st Winter Open Snooker Challenge organized by Cue Association Nagaland (CAN) at Club Area 51, Jail Colony, Kohima.

He defeated Kezhavituo Vizo in the final and received Rs 60,000 with certificate. He also bagged the highest break point award of Rs 10,000.

Runners-up, Vizo pocketed Rs 30,000 with citation while semi-finalists Tonpangkokba Longchar and Ruokuopielie Rutsa received Rs 15,000 each with certificates.

Former Naga wrestling champion and sports enthusiast Kezhalelie Keretsu, who graced the event as guest of honour gave away the awards to the winners.

In his address, Keretsu said Snooker/Billiard came late in Nagaland but has gained much popularity in a short time.

Snooker is an intricate game which is not about brute physical strength but involves ideas, vision, precision, control and skills- areas where Nagas are no less than the sportsmen from the rest of the world, he said.

The only thing that was keeping us from reaching the national and international platform was the lack of a well laid professional approach, he said, while lamenting that Nagas were very casual in their approach towards almost everything. 

 “Give your 100% and not give up at 99% because the one single 1% will make the biggest difference,” Keretsu said.

CAN president, Yangertemjen informed, that 42 players competed in the three-day event. Lauding the participants, he asserted that CAN was making efforts to bring coaches from the mainland in order to improve the quality of players in the state.


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