The Angami Sports Association is preparing to host the 50th meeting in 2022
Kohima: The Angami Sports Association (ASA), the umbrella sports organization of the Angami Naga tribe, is preparing to host its 50th sports meeting to be held in 2022.
Addressing a press conference in Kohima on Wednesday, ASA President Er Lhoubeizo Kesiyie informed that a week-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ASA sports meet will be held in February.
Formed in 1967, the Association celebrated the Golden Jubilee (50 years of training) in 2017. However, as sports meet was not an annual activity in the early years of training, he stated that it was not would complete the brand as next year.
Kesiyie also informed that there are four units from Angami regions affiliated with the Association: North, South, West and Chakhroma. During the sports meet, each unit should come with 100 contingents each.
The games that will be played during the competition include soccer (men), volleyball, sepak takraw, badminton, table tennis and track and field. For the first time, indigenous / traditional game competitions will also be introduced with activities such as walking on bamboo stilts, tug of war, battle cry and folk song.
One of the highlights of the sports competition will be the Naga wrestling competition, which will take place in two categories: junior (under 16) and senior (16 years above), making it eligible for the junior category. (16 years old). participate in the senior category. For the junior category, 10 wrestlers are expected from each unit, while 18 wrestlers each are expected for the senior category.
During the day, events will take place at two locations in Kohima town, one in Khouchiezie (local field) where Naga wrestling and athletics like javelin, discus throwing will take place, and the other location at the IG stadium where football, volleyball and other sports will be played.
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During the nights, indoor matches will take place at Kohima Badminton and TT Stadium. As the Association prepares to host its 2022 sporting event, it urged citizens and all sports fans to prepare mentally and physically for the mega sporting event.
Seyielhouvi Nagi, secretary general of the ASA, informed that for the wrestling, cash prizes will be awarded for the individual and collective categories. In the individual category for wrestling (seniors), the winner will receive a cash amount of Rs 2,000,000 followed by Rs 1,20,000 for the second, Rs 70,000 for the third, Rs 50,000 for the fourth and Rs 10,000 each for four quarter finalists.
The group champion in the senior wrestling category will receive Rs 120,000, followed by Rs 60,000 for the second, Rs 35,000 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 the second, Rs 20,000 for the third, Rs 10,000 for the fourth and Rs 5,000 each for the four quarter-finalists . For the group prize, the winner will receive Rs 20,000 and the second, third and fourth will receive Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.
For other sports, including athletics and indigenous games, a prize pool of Rs 4.63,000 has been reserved by the Association.
Nagi said all state government-run SOPs will be held during the sports meet. He said the sports meet could also be canceled if the state government, in accordance with security protocols, does not allow it. With the success of the recent Olympic Games held in Tokyo, he hopes sporting events will be made possible even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic if all protocols are followed.
Meanwhile, Kesiyie also informed that the Angami Sports Association will invite other Naga tribes to attend the sports meeting. As the Association aims to strengthen and promote sports, it expressed dismay at the state government’s negligence in promoting sports activities, infrastructure and the lack of support for state sports organizations. .