Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Lt. Emi Shitiri memorial tourney begins

The 6th the edition of Lt. Emi Shitiri (IAS) memorial women’s football and volleyball open tournament organized by Wokha District Women’s Sports Association (WDWSA) kick started on Tuesday at local ground Wokha with director Rural Development, Liboni Humtsoe as the special guest.
6 football teams and 14 volleyball teams are vying for the title. The tournament is locally organized and one of the first women’s football tournaments in the state organized locally. The tournament is played every after two years, however, the event could not be conducted last year due to pandemic.
The opening ceremony of the 6th edition witnessed a football match played between Indira Gandhi Stadium Academy Kohima against Yangru Women’s football team Bhandari. IG Stadium Academy Kohima won by a lone goal scored by Akhala. While two volleyball matches were played where IG Kohima won the first match played against the Yikhum Women Volleyball team and Tsumang won the second match against Sparkle Club Tuensang.
Speaking on the occasion, Liboni Humtsoe appreciated the organizers for their effort in giving a limelight to the women in exhibiting their skills and talents. She said that present generation women are not short of talents compared to the opposite gender and require such platforms and opportunity that young sports talents are identified. She pointed out that they must be given a platform and opportunity to become professional sports persons by training them at a younger age so as they represent the district, state and international level tomorrow. Besides the game of love spreads through sports, she appealed the Lotha women folks to start with hosting flowers and vegetable festivals in the district as the district is known as a “Land of Plenty” and has the potential in organizing such events.
Guest of honour, an entrepreneur and proprietor of Hill Rubber Enterprise Dimapur, R. Chenio Yanthan, in his short speech acknowledged the effort of WDWSA stating that it requires a good amount of effort and planning that includes financial involvement.
While stating that there are slim chances in the government sector for every youth to be employed, he called upon the women’s sports teams to be skilful and professional in their field and urged the congregation to become entrepreneurs of various trades.

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