Meghalaya and Mizoram qualified for the final of the U-21 men’s football event at the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 at MFA Turf, Polo Ground, here on Sunday by winning their respective semi-final matches.
In front of a packed crowd that spilled out onto streets and any other vantage point around the ground, Meghalaya utterly dominated proceedings for a fantastic 3-0 victory over Manipur under the floodlights. Meghalaya’s boys really wove some magic on their home turf against one of the giant sides of the North East. The hosts were able to rule over Manipur straight from the word go as they scored through Figo Syndai (11’) and Nelson Rymbai (20’) inside the first quarter of the game.
Everbrightson Mylliempdah netted one more in the 88th minute for a perfect win. Earlier, Mizoram rallied from a goal down to beat Nagaland 3-1 in the first semi-final. Pursunep thundered in a long-range strike for Nagaland that caught everyone off guard as it came completely against the run of play in the 11th minute and that swung momentum in their favour for a short while before Mizoram got over the shock of conceding early.
Nagaland were committing a few too many fouls, however, and paid the price when Joseph Lalvenhima was pushed over in the box. He stepped up to take the resulting penalty and converted with ease. With parity restored, Mizoram took control of the game and found two more goals on either side of half time via Aron Vanlalrinchhana (39’) and Rohlupuia (51’).Manipur and Nagaland are not out of the competition just yet, as they will face off in the bronze medal match on Tuesday at 4:30 pm.
Nagaland men’s, women’s basketball teams into semis
Both men’s and women’s Nagaland basketball teams have progressed to the semi-finals after winning their respective quarter final matches at the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022, played on Sunday at the NEIGRIHMS Indoor Basketball Court.
Women’s: Nagaland vs Meghalaya – 10 am and
Mizoram vs Sikkim – 1 pm.
Men’s: Mizoram vs Manipur – 11:30
Assam vs Nagaland – 2:30 pm.
Assam wins 5 golds in golf; M’laya’s youngest golfer wins amateur
Assam’s golfers were dominant on the Shillong Golf Course, known around the world as the ‘Gleneagles of the East’, winning five gold medals at the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022.
Golf began on November 10 and concluded on Sunday. The golfers played a round of 18 holes a day over four days on the challenging but beautiful course.
Besides the five gold medals, Assam also won two silver and two bronze medals. Hosts Meghalaya were the second-best state, with one gold, six silver and four bronze.
Manipur took one gold and two bronze, while Arunachal Pradesh claimed one gold.
Assam took the team gold medal for the best four scorecards with the team comprising Snigdha Goswami, Jakir Hussain, Biki Datta and Kalyan Sahul. Meghalaya were the silver medallists and Manipur took bronze.
The overall individual gold was bagged by Assam’s brilliant Goswami, who was in front of Assam’s Hussan and Meghalaya’s Dr. KI Singh.
In the individual categories, Meghalaya’s only gold medal was won in the amateur division by the state’s youngest golfer at the tournament, Jason Passah, who only took up golf two years ago after coming back home to Meghalaya during the Covid-19 pandemic. Second place went to Biki Datta of Assam and Jonathan Iawphniaw of Meghalaya.
Goswami took gold in the Ladies’ event, with Meghalaya claiming silver and bronze through Jyoti Agarwal and Pooja Goenka respectively.
Keisham Indrajit Singh of Manipur won the super senior event ahead of Hector Marwein of Meghalaya and Nagesh Singh of Assam. Arunachal’s lone gold came through Col Hemonto Panging, who won the senior category ahead of Benu Malakar of Meghalaya and Lhunkhotang Hangsing of Manipur.
Hussain won the gold for Assam in the mid-amateur category, with Meghalaya taking the silver and bronze through Dr. Singh and Gaurav Bajaj. The professional category was won by Deben Bhumij of Assam, with Anil Ram of Meghalaya second and Deepraj Chetia of Assam third.