Thursday, December 8, 2022

9th Open Volleyball tourney kicks off in Kohima


The 9th Kohima Open Volleyball tournament 2022 (Men & Women) kicked off at Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, November 9 with Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board (NKVIB) chairman Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu gracing the occasion as the special guest.
Keditsu shared that sports had become very technical in the state and emphasized the need for an individual to choose on one sporting discipline for sportspersons in order to excel in their career.
While observing that sports had become very competitive and professional with a lot of potential, Keditsu shared that one needed to be discipline and dedicated, as these were the outmost important qualities for sportspersons and called upon the sportspersons to have long term goals and not be part time sportsperson.
He shared that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had vision for youths and especially for sportsperson and in this regard, he encouraged the sportspersons to take the opportunity given and make best use to the facilities available. Further, he also expressed his appreciation the neighborhood states for taking part in the championship and added that slowly the Northeast is becoming a sporting hub in the country.
Urging the sportsperson to be discipline, he also advice to use the technology available to lead the way in sports and was optimistic that will not only bring laurel to the state but also the country.
He further congratulated the organizing committee for continuing the championship and exhorted that it was a wonderful platform for the players to make the best use of the event showcasing their talents in the right platform.
Kohima District Volleyball Association (KDVA) president, Visasielie Suohu delivered the welcome address, while KDVA technical committee member Visapa Yongo administered oath to the participating teams. The four-day tournament include a total of 15 teams with 10 men’s and 5 women’s team competing for the coveted title. Two women’s teams from Senapati, Manipur and Jorhat, Assam are taking part in the tournament, while Jorhat Assam is also part of the men’s team for the championship.
In the championship, men’s volleyball is being played on league-cum-knockout basis, while women’s volleyball is being played using robin round league.
In the opening league match, Kiruphema Youth Organization (KYO) defeated St. Joseph’s College Jakhama by three direct sets with 25-21, 25-14, 25-21. Kezo Town beat Vision Quest Club, VK Town by 29-27 25-20 25-19.
While for women’s category, defending champions Mystic Club, Kohima lost against Senapati, Manipur by direct sets losing 25-12, 25-7, 25-17.
The prize pool includes men’s champion – Rs. 70,000, runners-up – Rs. 50,000 and semi-finalist – Rs. 10,000/-.
While women’s category champion will receive – Rs. 40,000, runners-up – Rs. 20,000 and semi-finalist – Rs. 10,000. Player of the tournament will receive Rs. 3000 each (men & women).
Thursday’s fixtures
Court 1 – 1st match – Kiruphema Youth Organization Vs Jorhat Volleyball Club Assam.
Court 2 – 1st match – BKK Kezo Town Vs Michazou Mima.
Court 3 – 1st match – Jorhat Volleyball Club Assam Vs Mystic Club Kohima.

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