Monday, January 30, 2023

Kohima emerge champions of NOPG 2022


Kohima team emerged as the champion of the Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games (NOPG) 2022, which was held from August 17-27, 2022 from three places—Kohima, Dimapur and Longleng, jointly organised by the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) and Youth Resources and Sports department.
She chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, who is also the president of NOA, graced the closing ceremony held at NBCC Convention Centre, Kohima on Saturday and handed over prizes to the winners of various events.
Kohima team clinched the ‘team champion title ‘ with 70 medals (29 gold, 23 silver and 18 bronze), Phek finished as first runner-up with 59 medals (22 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze) and Dimapur secured second runner-up with total of 57 medals (22 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze).
In his speech, the state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, said that the champions and best performing sportspersons would be selected for state level coaching camp for the forthcoming North East Olympics in Meghalaya and the National games in Gujarat.
Asserting that Nagaland state has tremendous potential in field of sports and games, Rio encouraged the athletes to make best possible effort to translate their potential into positive results.
He stressed that better infrastructure in tune with modern needs, quality human resources in game development, improvement in nutrition and increased exposure was the need of the hour.
Acknowledging the positive response from the people, Rio called for taking these games as a beginning of a new journey for the future of sports in Nagaland. He also said that the games acted as a platform for the athletes to showcase their hard work and efforts.
Further, Rio lauded the athletes, volunteers, officials and organizing committee and Nagaland police for their hard work and dedication in successful conduct of the event.
NOA general secretary, Abu Metha, in his closing remarks, stated that “the State’s biggest ever sporting event” witnessed more than 4000 athletes from 16 districts, competing in 11 disciplines (Archery, Football, Athletics, Badminton Basketball, Boxing, Shooting Sport, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Tennis and Wushu) for 347 medals.
Metha said that the games were organized to showcase the talent and the ability of the people of Nagaland. He said NOA believed in the ambition of the young people and would aspire to work for them so their aspiration was achieved.
Referring to the NOPG 2022 theme ‘Stronger together’, Metha said that only through the power of sports the entire state was united and brought under one banner.
The ‘spirit of Olympics’ was awarded to Peren district for setting high standard of exemplary conduct in accordance with the Olympic Spirit of good humanitarian behaviour in Athletic & Basketball Women’s teams.
Phek district was also conferred with ‘spirit of Olympics’ award for their exemplary initiative, wherein the entire team assembled at IG Stadium to clean the Stadium and carried out a cleanliness drive.
The ‘Olympic Fairplay Trophy’ for the most Disciplined District was awarded to Mokokchung district based on overall recommendations of all the associations in which competitions were held.
Award for outstanding sportswoman was awarded to Tsuchoi of Noklak district – Athletics. She secured 5 Gold Medals–3 Gold medals in Individual events namely, 1500 meters, 5000 meters and 10,000 meters and also helped her district, Noklak to win 2 Gold Medals in the relay races.
She also won a Bronze Medal at the 56th National Cross Country Championships as a member of the Nagaland Women’s Team and is a Gold medallist at the last North East Olympics held in Manipur.
The award for outstanding sportsman was presented to Zhokoto Demo of Phek district under Archery discipline. He had won 5 gold medals in archery, winning 3 Individual Gold Medals and 2 Gold Medals in Team Events. He qualified for the forthcoming National Games to be held in Gujarat.

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