Kohima: The 50th sports meeting of the Angami Sports Association (ASA), the supreme sports body of the Angami Naga tribe, will be held from February 14 to 19.
ASA President Lhoubeizo Kesiyie informed that the week-long annual sports meet will be held at four locations in Kohima – IG Stadium, Indoor Stadium, Tsiesema Ground and Khuochiezie (Kohima Local Ground) .
At a press conference in Kohima on Wednesday, Kesiyie informed that about 600 contingents from his four units will participate in various sports disciplines.
The four units of the Angami Regions affiliated with the Association are Northern Angami Sports Association (NASA), Southern Angami Sports Association (SASA), Western Angami Youth Organization (WAYO) and Chakhroma Youth Organization (CYO).
The inaugural ceremony of the sports meet will be graced by Er Zale Neikha, Advisor for Youth Resources and Sports at IG Kohima Stadium. While the first two days will see sports competitions, the third and fourth days will see football, volleyball and indoor games competitions.
One of the main highlights of the sporting event, the Naga wrestling, will take place on the fifth day of the tournament. Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio will grace the event as a special guest at Khuochiezie. The sports meet will then end on February 19 after a farewell function which will be honored by MP Khriehu Liezietsu.
While the Association, which was established in 1967, celebrated 50 years of its formation in 2017, the sporting event will only turn 50 this year as it was not an annual event during the early years of its existence. training.
Besides soccer (male), volleyball, sepak takraw, badminton, table tennis and athletics, indigenous (traditional) games like walking on bamboo stilts, war cry and folk song will be part of the competition.
The Naga Wrestling competition will be held in two categories: junior (under 16) and senior (16 and over). A total of 60 wrestlers – 15 from each range, for the senior category and 40 wrestlers – 10 each from each range, for the under 16 category, will take part in the competition.
In the individual category for wrestling (seniors), the winner will receive a cash amount of Rs 2,00,000 followed by Rs 1,20,000 for second, Rs 80,000 for third, Rs 50,000 for fourth, and Rs 10,000 each for four quarter-finals. The wrestler with the best tactic will receive an amount of Rs 10,000.
The group champion in the senior Wrestling category will receive Rs 1,20,000, followed by Rs 60,000 for the second, Rs 40,000 for the third and Rs 25,000 for the fourth.
As for the individual prizes for the junior wrestling category, the winner will receive Rs 40,000, followed by Rs 30,000 for second, Rs 20,000 for third, Rs 10,000 for fourth and Rs 5,000 each for four quarters of finalists. The wrestler with the best tactic will receive an amount of Rs 5,000.
For the group prize, the winning team will receive Rs 20,000 while the second, third and fourth will receive Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.
As for the overall champion of the sports meet, the team will receive a cash reward of Rs 1,00,000. Individual game winners will also receive a cash reward.
During this time, the Association appealed to the state government to provide assistance to sports associations. The sports body also urged developing sports infrastructure across the state to promote sports and sportsmen.