The LIN–NING 44th Inter-District & State Open Badminton Championship and Nagaland Olympic & Paralympic Games 2022 began at Longleng after it was formally inaugurated by Minister for Health & Family Welfare S Pangnyu Phom on 23 August at Multi- Purpose Hall, Longleng.
While lauding the District Badminton Association and District Administration Longleng headed by the Deputy Commission and all others involved for their tremendous effort and outstanding contribution in making the tournament a reality and a better platform for all, the Special Guest asserted that organizing such mega sports events in the district marks the beginning of development, progress and capabilities in all-round activities of Longleng.
Acknowledging that lack of resources as a reason for failure in many aspects that discourage many young talents for opting sports as a profession, the minister said despite all these challenges, he is grateful and honoured to see the sports persons of the state excelling and catching up with other sports persons. He informed that the government of the day is doing its best to upgrade the infrastructure and quality management of the sportsperson down to the grassroot level as seen today the grand tournament with well-equipped facilities.
Pangnyu also exhorted the participants and the sportsperson from across the state to be well determined, develop a sense of winning heart to prosper and break the barriers to be an asset for the state. He was optimistic that every player would truly maintain discipline and game spirit abiding to the laid down rules throughout the tournament and beyond.
Lamenting that Nagas become prey to intoxication and other bad habits which destroy their bright future without accomplishing their goals and aspirations, Pangnyu advised the young talented players to refrain from such intoxications and build a firm relationship with their passion for their bright future. He further urged upon the sportsperson present and across the state to pledge to be rededicated with commitment for a better future ahead.
Deputy Commissioner, Longleng, Dharamraj, IAS extended gratitude to all the officials, players and their management for their active participation, wisdom and luck for the coming event. He informed that it is not just a mere tournament but one of hope, positivity and change which the people of Longleng have wished to see for a long time. It is also a carnival of sportsmanship, emotions, brotherhood and compositeness, he added.
In his short speech, Dr Watizulu Suzumeren, Sr Vice President NBA & Vice President BAI, informed that it is the first tournament represented by all the 16 districts of the state, the first time a live telecast system will be used, and the first time the court mat will be used. He expressed his gratitude to the collective effort of the NBA and the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for providing the court mat. He also lauded the stadium of Longleng for being the best stadium in the state with four courts and other facilities provided. Informing that 50 years of NBA will be celebrated in Kohima in 2023, he encouraged the Longleng team to practice well and perform well during the celebration of 50 years of NBA in Kohima with all the good facilities provided and available in the district. He also felicitated the Chief Guest and other guests present at the event.
The President of LDBA, Toshi Angh, proposed the salutation and acknowledgement. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Chief Minister of Nagaland for providing logistic and financial support, the Special Guest, the Chief Host Shri B S Nganlang, MLA & Chairman DPDB Longleng, the Deputy Commissioner, Longleng, the stakeholders like PPC, Phomla Hoichem, PSC, all Ward Union, NSC Firm, various departments under Longleng district and to all the other organisations and individuals who have rendered complete physical and financial support towards the whole event.
Special music was presented by S Tali Angh. Earlier, the Chief Guest inaugurated the tournament and later he declared the LI-NING 44th Inter District & State Open Badminton Championship 2022 and Nagaland Olympic & Paralympic Games 2022 open.
Held under the theme ‘Empowering Peace Through Sports and Games: Connecting Communities’, the tournament was hosted by Longleng District Badminton Association (NBA) and sponsored by LI-NING Company (a Sportswear & Sports Equipment Company).