Monday, January 30, 2023

Sports have unifying power, have no barriers: Abu Metha

Associate vice president of Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Abu Metha, who is also the secretary general of Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) and the advisor to chief minister, said that sports have a unifying power to bring people together, adding that sports have no barriers and knows no differentiation.
He was speaking at the inaugural programme of first ever inter-college/university annual sports event “St. Joseph Trophy” organised by St. Joseph University (SJU), Nagaland as the special guest on Thursday at the university campus. The event will culminate on October 15.
Expressing gratitude to the Catholic community for their innumerable service in all spheres of life, Metha emphasized how sports and games have changed in the present times and how sports now require professionalism and can be pursued as a vocation. He exhorted the students to aspire and to work hard towards their goals. He also suggested the management to look into the probability of opening an official department of Sports Science which would be a first in the state. In this regard, he assured that there would be support from the government of Nagaland and Nagaland Olympics Association to make the university a centre of sports in the state. He further encouraged all the participants to play in the spirit of sportsmanship.
The event was organised to foster a feeling of unity and sportsmanship among the student community. It aimed at creating a healthy spirit of competition among higher educational institutions within Nagaland.
The sporting event has been planned for three days where sports such as football, basketball and volleyball will be played among the 16 colleges and universities that have registered for the competition.
The special invitee was retired medical officer and a well-wisher of SJU, Dr. John Murry. The masters of c eremonies for the three-day event were assistant professors, Betina, Atoholi and Pelesinuo, in the department of English, Management and Zoology respectively.
The inaugural ceremony began with the SJU choir singing the National Anthem which was followed by a prayer offered by MMI campus manager, Fr. Sezhiyan; formal introduction about the St. Joseph University Trophy by assistant professor, department of English, Betina Vashi; welcome address by registrar SJU, Dr. K Sethupathy, and keynote address was delivered by vice chancellor SJU, Dr. Gnanadurai.
The programme also witnessed cultural events such as cultural fusion (folk dance), a folk song promoting women empowerment and a mime by MMI brothers about never giving up in life. It was followed by the vote of thanks delivered by dean of students’ affairs SJU, Charles Mhonthung Ezung. The anthem of St. Joseph University was sung by the SJU choir which was followed by the oath taking.

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