Nagaland will host the third edition of NEOG
Medals were won, obstacles were overcome and friends were made over the course of seven days, with the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 concluding in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong on Wednesday with a memorable closing ceremony.
Manipur were named the Overall Champions, defending their crown from NEOG 2018.
Manipur finished with 88 gold, 75 silver and 77 bronze medals, with Assam in second place (79G, 61S, 63B).
They faced a strong challenge up to the final day, but Arunachal Pradesh kept third place with 39 gold, 36 silver and 37 bronze.
Hosts Meghalaya, however, were standout performers this year, rising from sixth place in 2018 to fourth this year. Four years ago, the state won just 3 gold medals but today finished these Games with 36 gold, which is 12 times as many as last time, along with 35 silver and 78 bronze.
Meanwhile, Nagaland finished fifth with 18 gold, 17 silver and 43 bronze.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma presented the Overall Champions trophy to Manipur, the runners-up trophy to Assam and the third place trophy to Arunachal Pradesh.
The chief minister announced that the next North East Olympics will be held in the State of Nagaland, after which he declared the event closed.
The flag of the NEOG was handed over to Secretary General of the North East Olympic Association John F Kharshiing, who presented it to the Chef de Mission of Nagaland, Neilyalie Angami, as the next hosts of the NEOG.
“These North East Olympic Games have not only raised the bar in terms of infrastructure and arrangements but the performances of our athletes have been out of this world…That is the most satisfying thing about these Games and I am proud to see the level of talent we have in the North East,” Sangma told the gathered athletes.
“I am also proud to be able to hold Games at a level that is comparable to anywhere else in the country. This was only possible because everyone worked as a team. These Games have proven that if you work as a team and dedicate yourself then nothing is impossible,” he further said.
Congratulating the athletes, the chief minister said, “You are at the centre of what we want to do for the future of our state, region and country. We are here to celebrate sport and we are here to celebrate the culture and people of the North East. I hope you’ve made friends and memories that last a lifetime. Sports is about winning and losing and that is how life is too. Hence, sport prepares us and teaches us how to learn from defeat and come out stronger.”
Sports and youth affairs minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, meanwhile, said that “Meghalaya is on the move with more sports mega events in the coming years.”
He also congratulated the top three states and praised the Meghalaya contingent, especially the athletics team, which topped their discipline.
The closing ceremony featured a number of the bright, young musical acts, such as Ahlyna, Gracel Ropmay, Banjop, Lamphang Syiemlieh and closed with stunning fireworks display and concert that continued well into the evening, to the great enjoyment of the thousands of athletes present, who did not let the previous week’s exhausting performances get in their way of dancing.
Manipur win women’s football final: Manipur on Wednesday emerged victorious in the U-17 women’s football final of the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 defeating Arunachal Pradesh with 4-0 score at the MFA Turf, Polo Ground.
Manipur forward Lynda Kom Serto drew the first blood in the 29th minute of the first half and scored her second goal on the 44th minute.
The lioness from Manipur added two more goals in the second half through L Babina Devi in the 62nd minute and L Shelia Devi in the 87th minute as the team with seven India U-17 players controlled the game sublimely.
Lynda, who won the Golden Boot award in the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship 2022 at Jamshedpur, was named Player of the Match.
Sikkim defeats Meghalaya in women’s basketball: Sikkim won their first gold medal of the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 after defeating hosts Meghalaya in the final of the women’s basketball event at the NEIGRIHMS Indoor Basketball Court on Wednesday.
The Sikkimese took the final 86 points to Meghalaya’s 67 in front of a large crowd of home fans.
Earlier in the men’s final, Assam forfeited the title match as Mizoram were leading. Mizoram were thus awarded the gold medal, while Nagaland, who had beaten Manipur in the third place playoff 80-68 in the morning, were elevated to silver and Manipur took the bronze.
Mizoram took the women’s bronze over Nagaland 63-55.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma presented the men’s and women’s champion teams with their trophies.
Mizoram lift U-21 men’s football gold: Mizoram broke the hearts of Meghalaya’s thousands of fans but elated their own by winning the final 2-1 in the U-21 men’s football competition at the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 at the MFA Turf, Polo Ground, today.
Earlier, Manipur bagged the U-17 women’s gold by beating Arunachal Pradesh 4-0 in the 9am kick-off. The bronze medals went to Manipur (U-21 men) and Mizoram (U-17 women), who won their respective third place matches yesterday.
Individual awards in the U-17 women’s category included Keisham Melody Chanu of Manipur (Golden Glove), Loktongbam Shelia Devi of Manipur (Golden Boot), Angel Tamang of Arunachal Pradesh (Player of the Tournament) while individual awards in the U-21 men’s category included H Lalrinzuala of Mizoram (Golden Glove), Joseph Lalvenhima of Mizoram (Golden Boot), Figo Syndai of Meghalaya (Player of the Tournament).
At the medal ceremony were the Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma, the sports and youth affairs minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, chief secretary Donald P Wahlang, and several other elected representatives and senior officials.