Changtongya Volleyball Association (CVA) emerged as the champion of the 2nd All Nagaland Dr. Imkongliba Ao Memorial Open Volleyball Trophy for the second time after defeating MH10 Kohima in the final match on Wednesday night. The tournament was organized by Japukong Youth Organization (JYO), at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC) from December 13 to 15.
Addressing the gathering as the chief host and patron, minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along said the tournament was organized in memory of Dr. Imkongliba, whom he regarded as an icon and a visionary that cannot be erased from the memories of Nagas.
While acknowledging all participants in the tournament, he asserted that all teams were considered as stakeholders in the enthusiasm and encouragement of volleyball as a sport in the state. He further prayed that great sports man and woman would emerge through the tournament who would play in the national and international level.
The minister maintained that sports would become part and parcel of the Nagas identity, adding that Nagas in general were sports worthy, and further urged the younger generation to take sports seriously and build Nagas identity and bring laurel for the state.
Asserting that he was recently in the office secretariat with the secretary of sports, where he lamented that the central government was discouraged with the way Nagas were not enthusiastic about sports.
In this, he pointed out that it was not only the state government or the central who had to take part in building stadiums and sports hall and grounds. He opined that if Nagas take it merely as a way of development by showing the sports infrastructure without asking commitment in the field of sports, he assumed that all infrastructures would become useless. He further added that Nagas need to look forward to the state, delivering well in the field of sports in the days to come.
“If we are committed to playing, practicing and persistent about the sports we play, then I am sure one day from our state too, we will be Olympians, not only by going to it, but also by receiving the gold, silver and bronze medals, which are meant for great sports men and women of the world”, he added. He further hoped that the memorial trophy would go on, a recognized tournament as of today, and in the near future as well.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Rongsenmongla Jamir and invocation was offered by proprietor, Rainbow Coaching Centre, Moala Longchar.
Short speech was also delivered by president, Dimapur Japukong Senso Telongjem, Temjentoshi, special number presented by Imli K Imchen and vote of thanks proposed by convenor, planning committee, Z Temsu Jamir.