Monday, November 28, 2022

NOA felicitates NEOG 2022 medallists from Nagaland


Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) felicitated the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 medal winners and presented them with cash awards for various categories at a function held here at the State banquet Hall, Friday evening.
Nagaland finished fifth with 79 medals—18 gold medals, 17 silver and 44 bronze medals.
Nagaland is all set to hold the 3rd edition of the North East Olympic Games. The Northeast Olympic Association flag was also handed over to the chief minister on the occasion.
As committed by the chief minister, the gold medallists received cash award of Rs. 50,000 each, Silver medallists Rs. 25,000 each and Bronze medallists Rs. 10,000 each.
On the occasion, Neiketoulie Belho and Niansai T were also awarded the ‘best athlete’ in senior and under 20 categories respectively. In addition to the other awards, the duo also received cash award of Rs. 75,000 each.
The coaches for gold medallists also received Rs. 25,000; Rs. 15000 for silver and Rs. 8000 for bronze.
Under ‘best discipline’ category Nagaland Athletics Association bagged the first spot with cash award of Rs. 5 lakhs, followed by Nagaland Wrestling Association Rs. 3 lakhs and third place– Nagaland Taekwondo Association walked away with Rs. 2 lakhs. The Physiotherapists and managers also received Rs. 10,000 each as reward.
Congratulating the medallists, coaches and all officials for the success, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who is also the president of NOA, said the laurels and efforts of the sportsperson was well displayed and assured that the government was ready to invest more on sports infrastructures so that sportspersons would have equal opportunities like all others.
While lamenting that the unsettled Naga political issue had taken toll on governance, developmental activities, especially for the youth, Rio, however, exuded confidence that the talents of the sportspersons would reach a higher level.
Recalling that the Nagaland Olympic Association could get affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association only after 41 years of statehood, Rio said this was also one reason why Nagas where behind others. Nonetheless, Rio was optimistic that Naga youth would excel.
He also thanked and congratulated his cabinet colleagues and legislators for their support to sportspersons, particularly NOA, because of which the youth could return home with medals.
Comparing the performance of the 1st NE Olympic Games, Rio said this time the medal tally was double and therefore stressed on the need to support the sportspersons by providing proper infrastructures so that would be able to bring more laurels to the state.
Rio further thanked the North East Olympic Association for reposing faith in Nagaland government to host the 3rd edition of NE Olympic Games, and said that one should not rest on the laurels but strive for higher level. The victory of Naga sportspersons is a challenge to aim for higher level at the national and international arena, he said.
“We remain committed to invest in sports development & infra. With humility we accept the NE Olympic Assoc. flag to host the 3rd NE Olympic Games,” Rio said.
In his speech, advisor Youth Resources and Sports, Er. Zale Neikha said NOA under the leadership of chief minister, moulded the young and raw athletes to their best ability to bring laurels to the State.
He attributed all credits for the victory to chief minister and NOA for their dedication towards the sportsperson of Nagaland.
Neikha congratulated all the sportspersons for brining laurels to the State, and particularly Neiketoulie Belho and Niansai T for winning the best male and female athlete award.
Other who addressed the gathering included—NOA secretary general Abu Metha, senior vice president T. Meren Paul.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by asst. secretary-general and deputy chef de Mission Neivikuolie Khatsu, invocation by state chaplain Rev. TW Yamyap Konyak and vote of thanks by NOA joint secretary Kuputo Shohe.

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