Friday, December 2, 2022

Nagaland Govt committed to empower youth through sports: Rio


State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the state government was committed towards empowerment of the youth through sports and games.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 22nd NSF Martyr’s Memorial Trophy at IG Stadium here on Monday, Rio said “Sport is today a multi-billion-dollar industry that employs and gives gainful careers to millions of people across the globe. Our Naga youth must also get the opportunities of this sector and in doing so achieve excellence at the highest levels and contribute towards nation building.
Stating that Nagaland had always been recognized as a State with a successful football heritage, the chief minister said Nagaland in the past had significant successes beginning from the legendary exploits of Dr T Ao and also Nagaland teams, including Nagaland Police and junior teams have performed well in the last decade.
He, however, lamented that the performance had gone down in recent times due to several factors including the unresolved political issue resulting in lack of resources and poor infrastructure, which had negatively impacted the overall development of sports.
Despite all these, Rio said the state government was committed to make a fresh start towards sports development plan. He said that government has undertaken a serious resolve to develop new and modern sports infrastructure in different parts of the State.
Rio highlighted some of the new infrastructure projects such as upgradation of Indira Gandhi Stadium with astro-turf, floodlights and locker rooms; establishment of astro-turf facilities in the districts of Mokokchung, Peren, Mon, Tuensang and Chümoukedima; indoor stadiums in Longleng, Wokha, Kohima and new indoor sports facilities in the districts of Tseminyü, Niuland, Noklak, Tuensang and Chümoukedima; establishment of Centre of Sporting Excellence in Chümoukedima district with facilities of Archery Academy, Shooting Sport Centre, Motorsports & Adventure Sports Centre and a Futsal facility; upgradation of Kohima badminton stadium, establishment of new Cricket Ground at Chümoukedima district and establishment of Nagaland Olympic Association Headquarters.
He said the government had also undertaken several initiatives for development of sports and games from the grassroots to the highest levels.
The chief minister expressed hope that even the teams preparing in 17 disciplines for the forthcoming North East Olympic Games would perform well and thereby begin a new journey for sports in Nagaland.
He disclosed that the State government had also decided to make a bid for hosting the National Games and that process would only be possible if the State could perform with distinction in the playing arenas. In this regard, he urged the sportspersons of the State to make renewed efforts towards achieving success and excellence.
Rio called upon the sports associations to rededicate themselves and work in close collaboration with the Nagaland Olympic Association.
He pointed out that the Olympic Association had taken significant steps towards streamlining the administration and management of sports, after establishment of a modern headquarters in Kohima.
The successful conduct of the recently held Nagaland Olympic & Paralympic Games, where more than 3000 persons from the sports fraternity participated is an indication of the efforts the state is making, he said.
At present, the chief minister said the state was observing a revival of sports, especially football in Nagaland. He said the under 17 team had also won the Subroto Cup.

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