Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Meghalaya CM declares NE Olympics Games open

Correspondent

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma officially opened the 2nd North East Olympics Games 2022 on Thursday at the SAI Training Centre, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) campus, Shillong.
The opening ceremony was attended by various government officials and representatives of the North East Olympic Association, Meghalaya State Olympic Association, other dignitaries and artistes.
Thousands of athletes from eight North East states – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and host state Meghalaya – are participating in the Games.
“We are so glad to have over 3000+ athletes, 8000+ audience and officials from the North East joined us in the opening at SAI Complex,” Sangma said, adding that it is a great moment for every Meghalayan as the State celebrates 50 years of statehood.
Apart from the athletes’ parade, the opening ceremony witnessed the oath taking by athletes and llighting of the flame, a line-up of artistic acts, including the performance of the Games’ official anthem ‘Play’ and other artistes from the North East; musical performances by Tarari Choir, Pynter Orchestra and Lamphang Syiemlieh & Ensemble; fireworks display marked the opening of the sporting event.
The 18 disciplines in the North East Olympic Games are archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, judo, karate, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, wushu, cycling, golf, weightlifting, and wrestling at 12 venues spread across Shillong.
‘NEO’ the official game mascot, is inspired by the clouded leopard, the state animal of Meghalaya which is also a vulnerable animal. The attire worn by NEO is a fusion of the cultures of the prominent tribes of Meghalaya.

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